Kresge commits $2 million for vaccine efforts, health equity in Detroit neighborhoods

The Kresge Foundation today announced $ 1 million to improve access to vaccines and improve health justice through Detroit’s community health centers, community development organizations, and recruiting agencies. The foundation is also committed to providing an additional $ 1 million in grants to support vaccination in Detroit over the coming weeks.

“COVID-19 is not over yet, especially in black and brown communities. Community organizations tell us that more needs to be done in the neighborhood to publicize that vaccines are readily available, safe, and life saving, and to connect residents with them, ”said Wendy Lewis Jackson, Detroit executive director of the Kresge Foundation program.

“The organizations we support are trusted and trusted in Detroiters. They will work with the city’s efforts to bring residents closer to home and help us contain the COVID-19 resurgence.”

The announced funds include $ 600,000 for state-qualified health centers, community development organizations, and recruitment agencies in City Council Districts 2 and 6 – northwest and southwest Detroit – where tests show the city’s highest COVID-19 case rates. These funds will support a variety of efforts, including vaccine dissemination, education and transport to vaccination sites. The funds will also help organizations connect residents with resources for a variety of basic needs including food, housing and mental health services.

The 13 organizations funded include ACCESS, Advantage Health Centers, Bridging Communities, and the Sinai Grace Community Development Corporation.

The remainder of today’s $ 400,000 fund will support community health organizations across the city engaged in outreach and access efforts. These organizations will be named in the coming weeks.

“Eligibility to vaccinate does not automatically guarantee equitable or convenient access, especially for low-income and colored communities,” said Jackson. “It is important to address our long-standing health inequalities at the neighborhood level.”

Additional US $ 1 million grants to promote vaccine access and availability, including partnerships with the City of Detroit and other organizations, will be announced in the coming days and in the near future.

Nationally, including the Detroit grants, the Kresge Foundation will announce at least $ 4.4 million to support the equitable distribution of vaccines in 2021. In 2020, the foundation provided $ 19 million in grants and investments to support nonprofits nationally and nationally to help address the COIVD-19 crisis in cities across the United States.

“Health centers, community development organizations, and other nonprofits providing human services are trusted pillars in their neighborhood. As a result of the pandemic in particular, these groups have expanded to provide residents with access to health and personal services – including access to COVID testing, “Jackson said of the organizations funded today. “These grants reflect the foundation’s commitment to improving the quality of life and opportunities in the city and eliminating the systematic health disparities that affect color communities.”

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