We have begun work on a $2.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that will help ensure COVID-19 vaccines are distributed equitably across the state and support communities to address the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on them.
Grants will promote the equitable allocation, distribution, delivery, and access to vaccines. Con Alma will prioritize applications that involve coordinating among various sectors and targeting underserved areas of New Mexico as well as identifying and alleviating gaps in vaccine roll-out efforts and addressing barriers and/or vaccine hesitancy through coordinated messaging.
Vaccine Rollout Grants, promoting the equitable allocation, distribution, delivery, and access to vaccines. (24 grants, totaling $525,000)
We are honored to support our Vaccine Rollout Grant Recipients!
Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Fe/Del Norte ($25,000) to provide pandemic related information and easier access to vaccinations by making Club facilities available as vaccination sites to the children and families served throughout Northern New Mexico.
Centro Savila ($25,000) to provide outreach, education, and resource navigation to Immigrant and Spanish Speaking Hispanic New Mexicans increasing COVID-19 vaccine awareness and access and linking them to the resources required to vaccinate themselves and their families.
Chainbreaker Collective ($25,000) to conduct door-to-door engagement in the 87505 and 87507 zip codes of Santa Fe areas that are highly vulnerable during the COVID-19 public health emergency and to conduct at least one vaccine event at the Southside library, with a focus on Spanish speakers and youth.
El Calvario United Methodist Church ($25,000) to facilitate vaccination outreach, education, and distribution to communities (Hatch, Garfield, Radium Springs, Rincon, and Salem) in northern Doña Ana County with a focus on populations who face intersecting vaccine access barriers of immigration status, immobility, language, poverty, and lack of nearby health infrastructure.
Friendship Club ($10,000) to offer vaccinations in a safe and inviting atmosphere at their centrally located site in Santa Fe. This grant will enable the Club to open additional hours to provide these services, making it very accessible to everyone.
Health Action New Mexico ($25,000) to determine where the gaps in vaccinations are and provide appropriate outreach connected to “doable vaccination opportunities” for farmworkers, their families and for rural, isolated Hispanic older adults in the colonias in three Southern New Mexico counties who either remain unvaccinated for Covid-19 or only have received one vaccine.
Health Equity Alliance for LGBTQ New Mexicans ($25,000) to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates for LGBTQ+ New Mexicans by developing better understanding of vaccine hesitancy among LGBTQ+ New Mexicans, developing effective messaging and outreach, and leverage strategic partnerships to distribute materials throughout New Mexico.
Igbo Union of New Mexico, Inc ($25,000) to translate, transcribe, adapt, distribute, and provide one-on-one explanation of Covid-19 vaccine information to families and individuals of the African Community in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Justice Access Support and Solutions for Health dba Casa de Salud ($25,000) to build on-site infrastructure for COVID vaccine administration, provide creative outreach to marginalized people who access care at the clinic (monolingual Spanish speakers, uninsured residents, folks on Medicaid, people using drugs or seeking addictions treatment, and queer/transgender patients), and effectively administer over 1800 COVID vaccines at the clinic, from expanded nursing support, all in the South Valley of Bernalillo County.
La Familia Medical Center ($25,000) for grassroots outreach events and education activities in the Hispanic/Latinx community in Santa Fe to break through barriers of vaccine hesitancy, increase vaccine participation and provide referral/financial assistance to this underserved at-risk population.
Mora Valley Community Health Services, Inc. ($25,000) to lead the only consistent Covid-19 testing and vaccination site in Mora County.
New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils ($10,000) to support statewide health council communication around the Vaccine Rollout by developing Alliance website and social media content to include messaging samples, community resources, vaccine events and community meetings coordinated by health councils, and the opportunity for health councils to share stories about their work.
New Mexico Association of Grantmakers ($25,000) to coordinate outreach and communication with various stakeholders and partners in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector to assist in increasing the number of people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in New Mexico, especially those vulnerable communities most impacted by the pandemic; and to support and strengthen the nonprofit sector adversely impacted by COVID-19.
New Mexico Black Leadership Council ($25,000) to create targeted messaging for the Black/African American communities designed to overcome vaccine hesitancy by executing an outreach campaign focusing on why the vaccine is not a part of the historic trauma that the communities have faced with the medical system. Based in the heart of the International District in Albuquerque, trusted messages and calls to action will be disseminated statewide via print and electronic media.
New Mexico Immigrant Law Center ($25,000) to perform direct individual education and to publish online educational material related to the COVID vaccine, with a specific focus on the immigrant community and the factors that contribute to vaccine hesitancy in this population across the state.
New Mexico Public Health Association ($25,000) to support and strengthen statewide public health and health equity efforts that promote and leverage coordination, communication, and multi-sector collaboration specific to vaccine rollout and equitable community rebuild.
New Mexico State University Foundation ($25,000) to ensure more homeless/near-homeless/low-income people in Doña Ana County receive COVID-19 vaccines, by providing a survey to identify access difficulties, service gaps, and reasons for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy/resistance, a vaccine information workshop series to educate people and recruit potential Community Health Workers (CHWs) from the homeless population to serve as outreach leaders, a two-week training of 10-12 English- and Spanish-speaking CHWs, and CHW Outreach to increase COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and vaccination rates.
NMCAN ($10,000) to provide information and utilize resources to eliminate barriers to vaccination, including monetary incentives and transportation options for young people impacted by foster care, juvenile justice, and homelessness, eliminating significant barriers to accurate, scientific vaccine information and vaccine access in Bernalillo County.
St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic dba Amador Health Center ($25,000) to build on past work of getting Covid-19 tests and vaccines to people from the greater Las Cruces communities who lack access and information, by providing funding for teams that do outreach, marketing, event set up and education to people who have vaccine hesitancy. Funding will also help fund new events and events that may not be funded with federal funds.
Success Institute of America ($10,000) to reach young, unvaccinated African Americans in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties who feel they don’t need the vaccine or if they get COVID 19, it will be similar to the flu. This project will focus on distributing information that encourages vaccination by dispelling myths and misinformation, and utilizing a more personal, direct approach with the message given through trusted messengers.
Taos Immigrant Allies ($10,000) to make personal contact with the immigrant population in Taos County to encourage and help arrange vaccinations, shifting from a 100% volunteer organization to having a part time, bilingual Family Navigator who coordinates volunteers to help clients apply for DFA and to build trust.
The Human Body Shop ($25,000) to create pathways and access for vaccine distribution statewide to undocumented immigrants, uninsured, underinsured, and transient communities, as well as to share key Department of Health/ CDC messaging with a purpose of increasing vaccine confidence, develop and buttress established external community partnerships, develop Community Health Worker and community knowledge around vaccinations, and organize vaccine sites and events.
University of New Mexico College of Education & Human Sciences ($25,000) to support the efforts of the DOH COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out and Vaccine Promotion with a focus on Hispanic/Latino immigrant community in the Albuquerque area in Bernalillo County by convening a 15 member Coalicion por la Equidad En Vacuna/Coalition for Vaccine Equity, engage Community Health Workers/Promotoras/Promotores de Salud, and 5 Cancer Patient Navigators as trusted messengers for community vaccine promotion activities, provide educational/promotional messaging efforts (Comadre mailings, Program FB, event day, monthly platicas, and website) to promote vaccines to 500 plus monolingual Spanish-speakers, and hold 1 Community Vaccine Event in coordination with the NMDOH to vaccinate 200.
Young Men’s Christian Association of El Paso ($25,000) to contribute to the vaccination rates for youth aged 12 to 15 years old with a goal to increase rates within the next three months in Santa Theresa, and Sunland Park, New Mexico.