Dec 20, 2021
The Equity-First Vaccination Initiative aims to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in U.S. coronavirus vaccination rates. Five demonstration sites are using hyper-local, community-led strategies to increase vaccine confidence and access. This interim report highlights the initial work of selected community-based organizations to which the anchor partners are making subgrants, synthesizes lessons learned so far, and suggests policy implications.
The Equity-First Vaccination Initiative (EVI) aims to reduce racial disparities in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination rates in the United States and, over the longer term, to strengthen the public health system to achieve more-equitable outcomes. To accomplish these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation has committed $20 million over one year to fund anchor partners in five major cities—the Open Society Institute—Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland; the Chicago Community Trust in Chicago, Illinois; Houston in Action in Houston, Texas; United Way of Greater Newark in Newark, New Jersey; and Roots Community Health Center in Oakland, California—to plan and implement hyper-local, place-based strategies to increase vaccine confidence and access for communities that identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
This interim report introduces the initiative and the anchor partners in each of the five demonstration sites, highlights the initial work of selected community-based organizations (CBOs) to which the anchor partners are making subgrants, synthesizes lessons learned across the EVI in its first three months, and suggests policy actions for decisionmakers to consider as they seek to support hyper-local, community-driven efforts to reduce inequities in COVID-19 vaccination.
In just the first few months of the EVI initiative, the CBOs in the five demonstration sites held nearly 1,200 vaccine-related events, provided assistance (e.g., transportation, registration) more than 42,000 times to get people vaccinated, made almost 2 million connections with community members through campaigns and information sessions, and administered almost 16,000 COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Broader Context: Findings from a National Scan of Access Barriers and Strategies to Address Them
The Equity-First Vaccination Initiative Demonstration Sites
Early Insights from the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative
Recommendations Based on Insights to Date
Summary and Looking Ahead
What Do Available Data Tell Us About COVID-19 Impacts and Vaccination Rates in the Five EVI Demonstration Sites?