Governor Lamont Proclaims Partnership With Well being Fairness Options on COVID-19 Vaccine Group Outreach

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02/19/2021

Governor Lamont Announces Partnership with Health Equity Solutions for COVID-19 Vaccine Community Outreach

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that his administration is partnering Health Equity Solutions through a contact program to ensure that the state is reaching out to as many people as possible for information about the COVID-19 vaccine, especially in communities that have historically been disproportionately affected by access to health care.

The Hartford-based nonprofit advocates and promotes policies, programs and practices that result in equitable access to health care regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

As part of the partnership, Health Equity Solutions has developed a plan to reach over 10,000 people of color in Connecticut over a period of three months to share facts and dispel myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. It will focus on faith and education-based networks to reach the broadest audiences across Connecticut, and specifically address issues of suspicion of the medical system within the African American community.

“This partnership is paramount to our broader efforts to ensure we reach every single person we can, especially in our color communities.” Governor Lamont said. “The Health Equity Solutions team and its community partnerships have a proven track record of success. We are excited to be working with them in this unprecedented time to provide information to those who need it most.”

“COVID-19 has disproportionately affected underserved communities, particularly the Black and Latin American communities in Connecticut.” Acting Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Health, Dr. Deidre Gifford said. “We want to ensure that communities at greatest risk have equitable access to the vaccines that protect them and allow everyone to return to a sense of normalcy. The Health Equity Solutions team will strengthen and improve our public relations work in the Black and Latino communities. “

“For me it was incredibly important that Health Equity Solutions not only identified the challenges for Health Equity, but that we became part of the solution.” Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette, managing director of Health Equity Solutions, said. “We wish there was no pandemic at all, but we are ready, ready and able to ensure people have accurate information to make a timely decision that is best for themselves and their families.”

“Our communities have been underserved and sometimes abused by the health system in this country.” Reverend Dr. Boise Kimber, president of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention, said. “Houses of Faith are strongholds of trust in black communities. It makes sense for us to help our communities understand the vaccine and learn to trust the health system. “

Health Equity Solutions has already started reaching community members and hosting webinars that have been attended by more than 3,000 people. There are already more than 20 future events on the calendar and more are being added.

Those interested in attending a faith or educational outreach event can send an email [email protected] for more informations.

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