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Communities RISE Together

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Communities RISE Together supports vaccination efforts in Black, Asian-American/Pacific-Islander, Latinx, Native-American, rural, immigrant/migrant and low-income older adult populations, working on the ground in more than 220 counties in 27 states with low vaccination rates by calling on the capacity of 2,400 community-based organizations who reach over 100 million people across the nation. The initiative is a collaboration between WE in the World and their Well Being In the Nation (WIN) Network and the Public Health Institute, and funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Partners in Communities RISE Together include CHROMATIC BLACK, the Center for Popular Democracy, the Hawai’i Public Health Institute, Latino Health Access, the Migrant Clinicians Network, Meals on Wheels America, National Councils on Aging, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the National Indian Health Board, the Public Health Institute’s Center to Advance Community Health and Equity, and WE in the World/WIN Network.  

Communities RISE Together is led by Somava Saha, Executive Lead of WE in the World and the WIN Network.

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Building Trust

-Being respectful and trustworthy with communities through honest dialogue and follow-through vaccine response designed and led by trusted messengers in communities
-A whole-person approach that addresses people’s mental, physical and social well-being together in the context of vaccinations
-Offering trustworthy information and sensemaking

Strengthening Civil Capacity

-Connect health departments and nontraditional trusted community messengers
-Connect trusted messengers with each other and with civic leaders across boundaries
-Work with traditional and nontraditional vaccine and well-being ambassadors
-Build communication campaigns to address misinformation and disinformation

Transforming Systems

-Acknowledge underlying legacies of racism, colonialism, and other inequities that led to current inequities in health and life outcomes
-Engage in policy and system change to address structural inequities
-Lean into this moment to shift discriminatory narratives, policies, and structures

Screenshot: Robin Scott, Executive Director, RISE Well-Being Clinics

In Brown County, Wisconsin, Community RISE Together partners are leveraging trusted community resource centers and staff to communicate about about the Covid-19 vaccine as well as other health concerns within the Black, African American, Somali, and refugee communities.

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