Investing in Vaccine Equity
$250,000 from our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund will support community-based organizations to address inequities in access to information and health care services—including vaccines
We are pleased to launch the next phase of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, beginning with grants for culturally relevant, medically accurate COVID-19 health outreach and support in communities of color.
This funding commitment is informed by conversations with Brooklyn residents through our Brooklyn Insights 2020 community engagement process, who indicated a continuous scarcity of trustworthy information and resources on COVID-19, including transmission, treatments, and vaccines. Their comments underscore the heightened vigilance and trauma in these communities, which are the result of the American healthcare system’s historical abuse and neglect of Black, indigenous, and other people of color.
“We know that community-led, community-embedded organizations are the most trusted messengers, and therefore the most effective agents for helping residents feel informed and able to access the prevention and care they need. Frontline nonprofits have the relationships and understanding needed to support communities on the margins of power and access. We must ensure these organizations have the support and funding to do this essential lifesaving work now.”
– Marcella Tillett, VP of Programs and Partnerships