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Request for Applications: Partnering for Vaccine Equity

Jan 03, 2022 | Katherine Waters, Victoria Thompson

NACCHO, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is providing funding for the Partnering for Vaccine Equity project. The goal of this project is to support local health departments (LHDs) through enhanced capacity, partnerships, and technical assistance to identify and address disparities in COVID-19 and influenza vaccination coverage among racial and ethnic minority adults.

Eligibility

This funding opportunity is for LHDs with a clearly identified need to address disparities in COVID-19 and influenza vaccination coverage among racial and ethnic minority adults. To be considered for this funding opportunity, the county(ies) which the applicant serves must meet the following criteria:

  1. A CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index (CDC SVI), CDC/ATSDR Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (MH SVI), and Surgo Ventures COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index  (CCVI) equal to or greater than 0.25; and
  2. The percent of adult population (18+ years or older) that has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is less than 50%; and
  3. The percent of adult population (18+ years or older) that received influenza vaccine during the 2019-2020 season was less than 55%.
  4. OR, if the jurisdiction does not meet the above criteria, complete the Modified Eligibility Justification section of the application, outlining both vulnerable and low vaccination coverage for COVID-19 and influenza among racial and ethnic minority adults. NACCHO will review such applications on a case-by-case basis.

A complete list of counties which meet the above three criteria as determined by NACCHO, is in Appendix D of the Request for Application (RFA).

Expectations

The selected LHD demonstration sites will be expected to undertake the following activities with completion no later than July 31, 2022 (Contingent on CDC approving a no cost extension, the project will continue with a contract modification and end on December 31, 2022):

  • With the support of NACCHO, conduct CDC’s Rapid Community Assessment designed to identify communities at-risk for low vaccine uptake, better understand the local community’s vaccine needs and decisions, and identify areas of intervention and prioritize potential intervention strategies. This is a critical element of the award and will require a substantial time commitment.
  • Participate in scheduled (i.e., monthly, or bi-monthly) calls with NACCHO to monitor project progress, engage in peer networking, share best practices and resources, and receive technical assistance. Technical assistance may include facilitating connections between demonstration sites and subject matter experts, training opportunities for LHD staff, and/or providing activity planning and implementation support.
  • Designate at least one LHD staff member to complete NACCHO’s Roots of Health Inequity course and incorporate learnings in LHD practice or strategies by the end of the project period.
  • Partner with NACCHO to develop new and/or update and share existing materials focused on adults from racial and ethnic minority groups experiencing disparities in COVID-19 and influenza vaccination coverage and uptake. 
  • Collaborate with community-based organizations to identify and address vaccination barriers and needs among adult sub-populations (i.e., insurance status, language spoken, sexual orientation, workforce, religiosity, etc.) within communities experiencing disparities in influenza and COVID-19 vaccine uptake.
  • Participate in evaluation activities and document project outcomes. As such, recipients will be expected to conduct the following activities:
    • Develop an evaluation plan or metrics associated with identified program activities, outcomes, and goals as outlined in the project workplan.
    • Participate in NACCHO’s evaluation and assessment activities conducted at baseline, mid-year, and project close.
    • Submit a final report detailing the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from participation in the project.
    • Adhere to NACCHO’s standard contract language and be able to sign and return the contract to NACCHO within approximately 30 days of receipt.
    • Designate one LHD main point of contact with whom NACCHO will directly communicate on all matters related to this project.

Interested?

View the Request for Application.

NACCHO hosted an optional informational webinar on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 1:00pm ET. You can find and review the recording, slides, and FAQ document on our website.

  • Application submission deadline: December 17, 2021, by 11:59 pm PT (Deadline extended to January 14, 2022).
  • Anticipated award notification: On or around January 3, 2022 (Extended to on or around January 31, 2022).

For more information or questions, email immunization@naccho.org. To learn more about NACCHO’s Immunization work,  visit this webpage.


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