A partnership between the State of Minnesota and 30 community-based organizations is focused on getting the COVID-19 vaccine to the state’s diverse communities.
As COVID-19 Community Coordinators, the partners are working with the state to ensure everyone has access to the state’s new Vaccine Connector tool, and other COVID-19 information specific to their community.
Of the 30 partners, 19 are culturally-specific organizations, serving native, black and many other diverse communities.
In addition to connecting communities with vaccines, the coordinators will help community members find resources during the pandemic, such as housing, employment, food access and more.
“It’s a new phase of getting the vaccine out to more communities,” said Gov. Tim Walz in a recent press conference.
Some of the resources created by the partnership include multiple COVID-19 hotlines for Native communities throughout Minnesota, focused on getting the latest information out.
In one of our Native Lights, Visiting Vaccines episodes we spoke with one of the COVID-19 Community Coordinators, Kelly Miller, who works at the Department of Indian Work at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. You can hear the entire conversation here.