DC & PGC GETS VAXXED!
The DC & PGC Gets Vaxxed! is a 12-month community health initiative led by IPHI in partnership with local community-based organizations through Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia (D.C.) and Prince George’s County (PGC), Maryland.
This COVID-19 vaccination initiative is funded by a $1M grant from the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). IPHI’s main mission is to provide residents in D.C. and PGC with the proper education, resources, and linkage to COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
DC & PGC Gets Vaxxed! collaborated with community partners to provide vaccine services, linkages to health care, and other resources such as mental health and housing services. Partners throughout this project include Whitman Walker Health, Family Medical Counseling Services Inc., Metro Health, Capital Area Food Bank, Food and Friends, Volunteers of America, La Clinica del Pueblo, and Damien Ministries.
The outreach is made possible by community health workers (CHWs) who support community members throughout Wards 7 & 8 and along the beltway of PGC. CHWs can be found doing:
- community canvassing,
- hosting webinars,
- providing education at local food banks/food giveaway events,
- community health fairs,
- COVID-19 vaccination events,
- and more!
The DC & PGC Gets Vaxxed! program ended in March 2023.
CHWs were able to connect 400+ community members to COVID-19 booster, almost 200 community members to COVID-19 vaccinations, and participated in 4,642 community-based events providing COVID-19 education, linkage to care, and referrals for health services. CHWs worked hard and played a critical role in helping communities in Ward 7&8, as well as Prince George’s County get connected to COVID-19 services and vaccinations.