Danbury is among 27 local health departments in Connecticut selected by the state to share in more than $13 million from the federal government. The grant money will be used to form partnerships between local health, community organizations, and vaccine providers to promote and increase vaccine equity.
Earlier this month, the Connecticut Department of Public Health solicited applications from local health districts and departments for the grant funding. Each local health applicant was required to identify their community and provider partners and describe the activities that the partnerships would be undertaking to address vaccine equity in their coverage areas. Contracts with each municipality or health department have not been finalized, so final grant amounts haven't been decided.
Community outreach activities will include: door-to-door canvassing, employer canvassing, outbound calling and texting, peer-to-peer training, public service announcement publication, train-the-trainer programs, and canvassing in immigrant communities. Grant money will also be used to support transportation services, homebound and homeless vaccinations, and fixed site and mobile vaccination programs.