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REPORTS

 
Carrying Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination Forward: Guidance Informed by Communities of Color

Authors:

Brunson EK, Schoch-Spana M, Carnes M, Hosangadi D, Long R, Ravi S,

Taylor M, Trotochaud M, Veenema TG, on behalf of the CommuniVax Coalition

 

Date posted:

July 14, 2021 

 

Publication type:

Report

 

Publisher:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

 

See also:

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Executive Summary (PDF)

Resumen Ejecutivo (PDF)

Two-Page Report Summaries and Actionable Recommendations:

Governmental Public Health Executives (PDF)

Governors and State Legislators (PDF)

Mayors, County Executives, and Other Top Local Government Officials (PDF)

Members of Congress (PDF)

Seven months into the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the United States, nearly 50% of the American population has been vaccinated. While this is a monumental accomplishment, there is still much work to do. This report provides specific guidance on adapting COVID-19 vaccination efforts to achieve greater vaccine coverage in underserved populations and, through this, to develop sustainable, locally appropriate mechanisms to advance equity in health.

Equity in Vaccination: A Plan to Work with Communities of Color Toward COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond

Authors:

Schoch-Spana M, Brunson E, Hosangadi D, Long R, Ravi S, Taylor M, Trotochaud M, Veenema TG on behalf of the Working Group on Equity in COVID-19

 

Date posted:

February 09, 2021 

 

Publication type:

Report

 

Publisher:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

 

See also:

View full report (PDF)

Implementation toolkit (PDF)

This report provides elected and appointed officials with the tools to create, implement, and support a vaccination campaign that works with Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities to remedy COVID-19 impacts, prevent additional health burdens, lay the foundation for unbiased healthcare delivery, and enable broader social change and durable community-level opportunities.

The Public’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccination: Planning Recommendations Informed by Design Thinking and the Social, Behavioral, and Communication Sciences

Authors:

Schoch-Spana M, Brunson E, Long R, Ravi S, Ruth A, Trotochaud M on behalf of the Working Group on Readying Populations for COVID-19 Vaccine

Date posted:

July 09, 2020 

 

Publication type:

Report

 

Publisher:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

 

See also:

View full report (PDF)
Summary of recommendations (PDF)

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Published in July 2020, this report was developed by the Working Group on Readying Populations for COVID-19 Vaccine—a precursor to CommuniVax. The work was supported by the National Science Foundation-funded Social Science Extreme Events Research Network and the CONVERGE facility at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.

 

The report considers human factors in relation to (at the time) future vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, drawing on insights from design thinking and the social, behavioral, and communication sciences. It provides recommendations—directed to both US policymakers and practitioners, as well as nontraditional partners new to public health’s mission of vaccination—on how to advance public understanding of, access to, and acceptance of vaccines that protect against COVID-19.

From Equitable Crisis Response to
Healthy Populace
Alabama – Local Report

Authors:

Stephanie M. McClure, Bronwen Lichtenstein, Kathryn Oths, Pamela Payne-Foster, Levi Ross, Jala Lockhart, Olivia Radcliffe, Emi Smith

 

Date posted:

September 15, 2021

 

Publication type:

Report

 

Publisher:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

 

See also:

View full report (PDF)

In November 2020, the CommuniVax Coalition was formed for the purpose of strengthening COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the United States. The coalition’s focus is on communities of color and the issues they face that impede vaccine access. These include issues surrounding health communication mode and content, effective policy development, intervention design and implementation, and inclusive service delivery practices. Alabama was chosen as a coalition member because it has a substantial minority population, and because, as a rural state, it faces particular public health challenges—a substantial poverty rate, limited transportation and technology access, and a shrinking healthcare infrastructure.

 
 
Addressing COVID-19 Vaccination Equity and Recovery Among the Hispanic/Latino Population in the Southern California Border Region 
San Diego, California – Local Report

Authors:

Noe Crespo, Elisa Sobo, Griselda Cervantes, Susan M. Kiene, Corinne McDaniels-Davidson, Diego Ceballos, Sarah Song, Martha Crowe, Imelda Sing, Michele Cheatham, Grecia Guerrero, Adriana Perez, Mary Carnes, Emily de Souza

 

Date posted:

September 15, 2021

 

Publication type:

Report

 

Publisher:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

See also:
View full report (PDF)


 

The Hispanic/Latino population in San Diego’s south region has suffered disproportionately during the COVID-19 pandemic. While vaccine uptake in the region has improved, coverage is still suboptimal. With the Delta variant on the rise, we must take immediate action to reach unvaccinated individuals and those past due for their second dose or due for a booster. To that end, working with CommuniVax, a national consortium focused on strengthening COVID-19 vaccination efforts by putting communities of color at the center, we examined the local experience of vaccine uptake among the Hispanic/Latino community in San Diego. We found numerous multilevel impediments to vaccine access, including some created inadvertently by the public health system itself. 

 
Vaccine Access and Acceptability Among the Hispanic Population in Rural Southeast Idaho
Idaho – Local Report

Authors:

Elizabeth Cartwright, Diana Schow, Tamra Bassett, Patricia Torres, Nancy Wells, Abigail Adams, Rachel Byers, Carina Cardona, Edgar Carrasco, Payden Christensen, Diana Velasquez Duran, Victoria Eldredge, Maria Lupita Garcia, Samantha Grim, Beverly Jackson, Mitsy Ledesma, Leslie Maldonado, Anne McDonald, Carmen Partida, Jessica Flores Perez, Jade Spanton, Maya Tillotson, Dustyn Walton, Chyanne Yoder

 

Date posted:

September 15, 2021

 

Publication type:

Report

 

Publisher:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

 

See also:

View full report (PDF)

This report includes a description of research, interventions, and recommendations that helped raise awareness of and access to the COVID-19 vaccine in Hispanic communities that make up 31% of the population in and near the small, rural towns of American Falls and Aberdeen, Idaho.

Improving COVID-19 Vaccine Equity for the Latino Population in Baltimore City: Community-Informed Guidance
Baltimore, MD – Local Report

Authors:

Sarah Polk, Suzanne Grieb, Mónica Guerrero Vázquez, Marzena Maksym, Jessica Marroquin Miranda, Kate Mieth, Kathleen Page, Daniela C. Rodríguez,

Hugo Garcia, Rachel Storms, Kay Beth Tyson

 

Date posted:

October 19, 2021

 

Publication type:

Report

 

Publisher:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

See also:
View full report (PDF)
 

While Baltimore City has made great strides in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, there is still a great deal of opportunity for continued work and improvement if the city is to put a stop to the pandemic.

 

Two areas that will be crucial as the city continues its vaccination campaign is figuring out how to reach and serve those Baltimoreans with consistent and continued low vaccine uptake and how to ensure that these initiatives are used as an opportunity to address systemic gaps and inequities within the local health system. Specifically, Baltimore City must do a better job of delivering vaccines to communities of color, including the Latino and immigrant community, in order to build a stronger, more effective, and more just public health infrastructure moving forward.

 
Prince George’s County Local Report

Authors:

Stephen B. Thomas, Sandra Crouse Quinn, Meg Jordan, Elsie Essien, Maya Deane-Polyak, Maggie Daly, Kristin Arabian, Chinedu Nwabuisi

 

Date posted:

September 15, 2021

 

Publication type:

Report

 

Publisher:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

 

See also:

View full report (PDF)

Prince George’s County, Maryland is a majority–minority county in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. With more than 62% of the population African American/Black and 20% Latino, the county has a long history of disparities in chronic diseases, HIV, infant mortality, and unequal access to healthcare. Throughout the pandemic, Prince George’s County has led Maryland in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Although, as of July 29, 2021, 50% of Prince George’s County residents were fully vaccinated, there were still significant proportions, particularly of the African American population, that have not been vaccinated and remain at grave risk from the Delta and future variants. As of August 2021, the county has returned to the high-risk transmission category with skyrocketing cases. Considering the urgent need to vaccinate those over the age of 12 years who are currently eligible, and prepare to vaccinate younger children, addressing gaps in the vaccination delivery is crucial to ensuring vaccine equity and reducing the disproportionate impact on county residents.