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  • Health Department Announces Mini-Grants

    Jun 25, 2021 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Health Department in June was one of 10 health departments around the country that received a small grant from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to demonstrate innovative initiatives in partnership with communities to address COVID-19 in areas that have been hard-hit by the pandemic.
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    In part with these funds, PCHD is offering COVID-19 Community Champions mini-grants COVID-19 Community Champions mini-grants to community-based organizations, coalitions and groups in Pima County in order to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination information and resources via trusted community members, leaders and messengers.

    The COVID-19 Community Champions mini-grants will provide eight awards of $2,500 each to applicants in Pima County serving Hispanic, African American, Urban American Indian, youth, and rural communities or groups that have been especially impacted through the pandemic.

    The goal of the mini-grant program is to support community champions who will:


    • Engage with members of their community to better understand vaccine and COVID-19 related concerns
    • Provide relevant information and resources to encourage people to get the vaccine
    • Link people to local vaccination resources
    • Assist PCHD in designing culturally relevant communications that resonate with the community.

    Funded projects may encompass a range of activities, such as:

    • Mobilizing community members or volunteers to become community champions
    • Hosting listening sessions or forums in community of focus
    • Conducting outreach and canvassing to engage with the community and provide information and resources
    • Sponsoring community events to encourage vaccination
    • Creating a media campaign or other marketing strategies
    • Using translation services
    • Other activities effective at reaching out to the communities of focus.

    Successful applicants need to be able to begin their proposed initiative by August 1, 2021, and provide a final report on activities by September 30, 2021. Applications are due by July 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Arizona Time.

    The application and more information are available online now in both English and Spanish.

    Another initiative of the NACCHO award is the vaxtruthchallenge, a video-making contest that promotes young people’s voices in the vaccination efforts in Pima County.