Mar. 22, 2021 -- The League has launched the COVID-19 Vaccine & Recovery Fund, with $4.35 million from an unparalleled collaboration of seven separate philanthropic organizations. The funds will amplify health centers' COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts, extend their reach to the most vulnerable and vaccine-hesitant residents, and help them support social and economic recovery in their communities.
Initial funding comes from the Barr Foundation, Klarman Foundation, Barbara and Amos Hostetter, Boston Foundation, Liberty Mutual, Combined Jewish
Philanthropies, and Trefler Foundation. The investments recognize the unique and critical role community health centers have in reaching and serving the Commonwealth’s communities of
color and vulnerable populations. MORE...
Let's Get There: The League's COVID-19 Vaccine Community Engagement Campaign
Feb. 23, 2021 -- Our 1M+ health center patients, representing low-income Massachusetts residents from diverse backgrounds, have more COVID-19 vaccine concerns than the general public. We see this as a good sign: They are deeply interested in protecting their health and that of their families. We are, too. But they haven't always received the information they need and the treatment they deserve. We understand that, so we're taking a different approach.
Starting this month, we will begin a COVID-19 vaccine community engagement campaign founded on our deep respect for the people we serve. We are encouraging staff throughout our health centers to
have open-ended, nonjudgmental conversations with patients about their vaccination plans. MORE...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Community Health Centers Team Up to Address Barriers to COVID Vaccine Access$1 million contribution from Blue Cross to help provide transportation to and from vaccination sites in underserved communities
Feb. 11, 2021 -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ("Blue Cross") announced a new effort with the League to help provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations. Blue Cross will contribute $1 million to pay for free rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state to support community health centers, underserved communities, and vulnerable populations. The new initiative was announced during a press conference with Governor Charlie Baker at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.
"The goal now is to get people vaccinated, and access to those appointments is critical," said Andrew Dreyfus, Blue Cross’ president and CEO. “We know lack of access to transportation is a significant barrier in communities hard hit by COVID-19. The Community Health Centers’ deep experience will help connect more of our neighbors with vaccines that can save lives and help end the pandemic."
Blue Cross' contribution will support tens of thousands of free rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites. The goal is to launch the program in the next few weeks in coordination with the League, which will assist in identifying participating community health centers. MORE...