Change Happens’ Vaccinate with Confidence – Houston, will target low-income African Americans living in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many people from these racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of being under-vaccinated. Black Americans have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, accounting for a disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths. Change Happens’ program strategic framework advances the key priority of Stop Myths by working with local partners and trusted messengers to improve confidence in vaccines among African Americans.
For more information, contact Michelle McGlothen
With COVID-19 surging across the country and more Americans expressing skepticism over the safety and effectiveness of new vaccines, University of Houston researchers are working in underserved communities to identify solutions for vaccine hesitancy, perceptions of new home-based testing and participation in vaccine clinical trials.
The work is part of a coordinated outreach effort funded by the National Institutes of Health targeting ethnic and racial minority communities who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
The project supports teams in 11 states established as part of the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. The Texas CEAL Consortium, led by the University of North Texas Health Science Center, includes UH, which is focused on Harris County, where there have been more than 269,000 cases reported and more than 3,600 deaths since the pandemic began.
For more information, contact Stacey Thompson