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Springfield COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative

Learn about the vaccine equity resources available to Springfield.

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Overview

To date, a total of 15 organizations serving Springfield have received $1,776,381 through the Vaccine Equity Initiative.

These 15 organizations are part of the 152 community organizations that have been awarded over $32 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, Springfield was allocated a total of 12,800 equity vaccine doses.

DPH community liaison program

A designated DPH Community Liaison is working with each of the 20 communities to help address the specific needs of each community.

Springfield liaison: Beth Buxton, 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.

Springfield: $296,713 (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 for Springfield: $385,017 (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. 

$25,000* per Community Health Center through June 2021, with an additional $25,000 for FY22. 

*funded through a public-private partnership  

Participants: Caring Health Center 

 (Awarded February 2021)  

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. Funding amounts to community and faith-based organizations reflect both initial and expanded awards for December 2020 through December 2021: 

Organization 

Communities Served 

Initial + Expanded Award 

December 2020-December 2021 

New Grantees 

May-December 2021 

  

New Grantees June-December 2021 

New North Citizens Council 

Springfield 

$108,750 

 

 
JAHAN Women and Youth International  Boston – Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Haverhill, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Worcester      $61,829 
Black Springfield COVID-19 Coalition  Springfield     $61,829 
Massachusetts Council of Churches  Brockton, Fall River, Haverhill, New Bedford, Randolph, Springfield      $49,724.80 
Pioneer Valley Project  Springfield     $61,829 

Focused grassroots outreach

Focused grassroots outreach in Springfield, led by ASG, includes teams of trained community residents to help increase vaccine trust and facilitate appointment registration 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 1,020 64,032
Number of Phone Calls Made 207 22,541
Number of One-On-One Conversations 245 23,029
% of conversations with unvaccinated 18.8% 43.1%
Number of Visibility & Outreach Events 11 408
Number of Materials Disseminated 300 4,876

The ASG team from Springfield consists of 16 staff or contracted individuals and approximately 16 people from the partner Community Based Organizations (CBOs) listed below. 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.

Church of God in Christ (COGIC): $81,506

Springfield Black COVID Coalition: $133,429

Total CBO Funding: $133,429

Mobile Vaccination Services

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination services address a particular community need that cannot be met by existing vaccination opportunities and are deployed to meet the needs of prioritized populations.

The Commonwealth’s Mass Vax site vendor Curative is providing mobile services in priority neighborhoods, starting 3/29/21.

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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)
Tapestry Health $200,000 X X Holyoke & Springfield
Behavioral Health Network $225,000 X X Holyoke & Springfield
New North Citizens Council $400,000 X X Springfield
Caring CHC $240,440 X X Holyoke & Springfield

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: Visit Vaxfinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations

COVID-19 Testing: Free testing is available in all 20 communities, including via the Stop the Spread program. Sites can be located using the state’s website: www.mass.gov/CovidTestSearch.

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