Trusted Relationships Aid Vaccination Success with Underserved Populations
Health centers that serve low-income communities are more successful at getting people vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s according to a local health improvement collaborative that gathered data from four counties—Summit, Cuyahoga, Ashtabula and Lake.
According to data from Better Health Partnership from March to May, Federally Qualified Health Centers have vaccinated 15% more African Americans, 13% more Latino or Hispanic Americans and 6% more Asian Americans than other county providers.
Better Health Partnership community impact lead Kirstin Craciun says this is due to pre-existing relationships health centers had with these communities.
“I think because of some of the trust that they’ve established and also those relationships that they’ve established with other partners, those have really enabled them to be effective in reaching those target communities.”
Better Health Partnership will soon be offering $100 Visa gift cards at these health centers in Cuyahoga County as part of a vaccine incentive program funded by the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.
Craciun hopes the incentive program will improve the health centers' already high success rate.
“The communities that the FQHCs serve are primarily in low-income communities, and they also serve a high proportion of racial and ethnic minorities, so that would be our hope – to boost vaccination rates among these groups.”
Better Health Partnership is continuing to partner with other providers to combat vaccine hesitancy in these underserved populations.