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Vaccine Ambassador Project

COVID-19: Outreach - Inform - Vaccinate

Vaccine Ambassador project award winners on map with logos

Vaccine Ambassador Project

What is the Vaccine Ambassador Project (VAP)?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), awarded $2.3 million to 15 health centers in 12 states to support the Community Vaccine Ambassador Project.
VAP focuses on increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates among people experiencing homelessness, people with substance use disorder, and people who engage in sex work. All three groups are at increased risk for COVID-19 infection but have experienced barriers to accessing health care.

VAP Year One

How is the Vaccine Ambassadors Project Implemented?

Hire & Train Vaccine Ambassadors

COVID-19 vaccine ambassadors are peers with lived experience or stakeholders in local communities.
Applying to be a vaccine ambassador
Mobile Unit for North Country HealthCare

Outreach to Target Populations

We meet those experiencing homelessness, those with substance use disorder, and those who engage in sex work where they are, whether it is in a waiting room, an encampment, or an emergency room.

Outreach to Target Populations

We meet those experiencing homelessness, those with substance use disorder, and those who engage in sex work where they are, whether it is in a waiting room, an encampment, or an emergency room.
Mobile Unit for North Country HealthCare

Vaccinate Our Target Populations

Vaccinations can happen anywhere by ambassadors, nurses, and clinical staff. They can take place on the street, at their house, in the clinic, at pop-up sites, parking lots, and medical mobile units. 
Vaccinating patient at site

VAP Community Partnerships

Vaccine ambassador giving vaccine
Re-entry programs
Homeless drop-in centers
Shelters
Harm reduction sites
Firehouses
Drug and alcohol treatment centers
Encampments
Access programs

COVID-19 Vaccine Project Organizations

Click on the links below to go to the website of the corresponding organization
Affinia Healthcare, Saint Louis, MO
Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless, Oakland, CA
Camillus Health Concern, Inc. (CHC), Miami, FL
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Denver, CO
Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, dba PrimaryOne Health (P1H), Columbus, OH
CrescentCare, New Orleans, LA
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence, MA
JWCH Institute Inc., Los Angeles, CA
LifeSpring, Inc., Jeffersonville, IN
OPTIMUS Health Care, Bridgeport, CT
Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Clearwater, FL
Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Union Community Health Center, Inc., Bronx, NY
The Wright Center for Community Health (TWCCH), Scranton, PA
Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Yakima, WA
For more information about VAP contact the Council’s Vaccine Ambassador Team.

This Vaccine Ambassador Project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $7,000,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Staff and general public at COVID-19 vaccine event

Note:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), awarded $2.3 million to 15 health centers in 12 states to support the Community Vaccine Ambassador Project.

Funding and Partners

Icon of a Consumer of Homeless services
People experiencing homelessness
Individuals with substance use disorders
Icon for Sex Workers
Individuals engaged in sex work

In the end, we want to turn challenges into successes:

Graphic showing challenges becoming successes

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