Methuen COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative

Learn about the vaccine equity resources available to Methuen.

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Overview

To date, a total of 10 organizations serving Methuen have received $1,597,530 through the Vaccine Equity Initiative. 

These 10 organizations are part of the 196 community organizations that have been awarded over $62.8 million through the Vaccine Equity Initiative. Many of these organizations work across multiple communities, and some of them are funded through multiple components of the initiative. 

Between March 3, 2021 and July 30, 2021, Methuen was allocated a total of 7,000 equity vaccine doses.

DPH Municipal Point of Contact

A designated DPH municipal point of contact works with each of the 20 municipalities. 

To connect with the Methuen point of contact, email VaccineEquityInitiative@mass.gov.

Community-specific vaccination data

Community-specific data includes an interactive dashboard of vaccine administration results in each Vaccine Equity Initiative (VEI) community, updated weekly, and data from the DPH COVID Community Impact Survey to help target approaches.

Support for municipalities and local boards of health

Support for municipalities and Local Boards of Health includes direct funding of municipalities and Local Boards of Health for coordination and support for vaccine clinics and promoting vaccine acceptance.

Methuen: $166,532 (Awarded 3/30/21)

Additional COVID-19 local boards of health funding supports includes direct funding to meet immediate personnel and equipment needs to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Distributed through state funds received through the federal CARES Act, the Public Health Trust Fund, and through direct appropriation beginning in March 2020.

Additional funding to Methuen: $58,918 (Awarded beginning March 2020)

Investment in community health centers

Investment in community health centers expands vaccination infrastructure and builds capacity at community health centers, including support for community health workers. Community Health Worker Ambassador Program funding includes $25,000* per Community Health Center through June 2021, with an additional $25,000 for FY22.

*funded through a public-private partnership

Funded Community Health Centers

Community Health Center Municipalities Funding
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen $195,100

Tailored community- and faith-based outreach and education

Tailored community and faith-based outreach and education includes supports to raise awareness of strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and increase vaccination confidence and access for priority populations. Health Resources in Action (HRiA) and Health Care for All (HCFA) work with community organizations that received funding under this component of the Vaccine Equity Initiative through June 2023.  The table below lists current and total awards made to funded organizations. Total funding may include funds received through both HRiA and HCFA, depending on the organization. View a more detailed list of all funding awards made since December 2020: Vaccine Equity Initiative - Funded CBOs and FBOs - Updated March 2023

 

Organization Communities Served Community Grants and TA Provider

Current Funding


Jan. 2023 – June 2023

Total Funding


Dec. 2020 – June 2023

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Boston, Cambridge, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere HRiA   $86,542
Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Lawrence, Methuen HRiA   $100,825
Centro de Apoyo Familiar (CAF) Boston, Andover, Fall River, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Methuen, North Andover, Peabody HRiA $60,000 $222,000
The Psychological Center Lawrence, Methuen HRiA   $50,000
Leaving the Streets Ministries, Inc. Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Merrimack Valley HRiA   $144,500
Everett Haitian Community Center Chelsea, Everett, Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere, Worcester, Statewide HRiA $60,000 $303,250
Asociación Ministerial Evangelica Del Area de Lawrence Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, North Andover, Methuen, Merrimac HRiA   $222,000
Cambodian Mutual Assistance of Greater Lowell Billerica, Chelmsford, Lowell, Methuen, Tewksbury HRiA   $239,350
Dwelling House of Hope, Inc. Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro HRiA $60,000 $204,500

 

* Organizations that were previously funded by Health Resources in Action (HRiA) through December 2022. 

Focused grassroots outreach

Focused grassroots outreach in Methuen is led by ASG and includes a local team of trained community residents to help increase trust in the vaccine, awareness of how, when and where to get a vaccine, and improve vaccine access by gathering information from community members through one-to-one conversations and providing referrals to services.

Activity Type Completed Week Ending September 26th Cumulative Since Activities Began
Number of Doors Knocked 233 21,512
Number of Phone Calls Made 50 16,555
Number of One-On-One Conversations 58 7,737
% of conversations with unvaccinated 13.8% 41.2%
Number of Visibility & Outreach Events 5 113
Number of Materials Disseminated 150 4,760

The ASG team from Methuen is regionally based with 23 staff or contracted individuals shared with Lawrence and Haverhill. They are conducting all grassroots outreach activities for the community, including door-to-door canvasing, business walks, visibility events, town hall support, phone banking and texting.

Vaccine access and administration in community settings

This funding is intended to increase community-based access to and receipt of COVID-19 vaccination for priority communities and populations who are experiencing disproportionate impacts of COVID-19.

Vaccine Access and Navigation Services funds organizations for services such as assistance with appointment registration, transportation to vaccination clinics, mobility assistance, medical interpretation, and other supports.

Customized Vaccine Administration funds qualified community organizations to directly administer vaccination to groups not effectively reached by other mechanisms. These organizations can be deployed to smaller venues, with populations that may require more intensive one-on-one support to get vaccinated.

The following organizations are receiving funding for 12 months to begin offering services by mid-May 2021.

Organization 

Funding 

Vaccine Access and Navigation Services 

Customized Vaccine Administration 

Communities of Focus  

(People from other communities may also be served) 

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center 

$557,575 

Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen 

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley 

$325,423 

Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen 

Communications materials

Communications materials are available to support communities with vaccine information; translated materials available in 10 languages.

Visit www.mass.gov/TrustTheFacts.

The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey

The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey is a survey of more than 35,000 people regarding the social and economic consequences of COVID-19 on MA communities. View the findings

COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites

COVID-19 Vaccination: Search vaccines.gov for vaccination appointments or find a mobile vaccination clinic.

COVID-19 Testing: Tests are available at pharmacies, retailers, and various health care locations. Visit covid.gov/tests for free at-home tests. Use the CDC search tool to find a PCR testing site. Learn more about the different types of COVID-19 testing.

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