DSHS and Texas A&M Health Announce Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Program Grants
Dec. 16, 2021
The Texas Department of State Health Services, inpartnership with the Texas A&M University Health Science Center, hasawarded more than $8.6 million to local organizations across the state throughthe Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Grant Program. The program’s objectiveis to fund COVID-19 outreach and education activities aimed at increasing thenumber of fully vaccinated people in Texas.
“As our statewide COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue to show progress,DSHS believes these grants will have an immediate effect in neighborhoodsacross Texas,” said Imelda Garcia, DSHS associate commissioner for laboratoryand infectious disease services. “Local organizations are trusted sources ofinformation that can use their direct community connections to educate and helpthose who may be hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Grant awards range from $40,000 to $210,000 for projects with a duration ofsix to nine months. Awardees include a wide array of groups in the public,private and nonprofit sectors including grassroots community-basedorganizations, faith-based organizations, those who serve rural and immigrantpopulations, university institutions and others.
“There was an overwhelming responsefrom interested community groups across the state, and we were extremelypleased with the quality of the proposals submitted by an array of communityorganizations,” said Olga Rodriguez, chief of staff and associate vicepresident of Texas A&M Health. “These grants will make a huge difference inaddressing vaccine hesitancy in Texas.”
Priority was given to applicants focusing on outreach to rural communities,Texans with disabilities and communities of color. Grantees’ outreach effortswill cover 70% of the state with programs in 179 of the 254 counties in Texas.
DSHS will receive additionalfunding for this program with plans to open a second round of grantapplications in early 2022. To learn more about the grant program and view acomprehensive list of all grantees, please visit https://health.tamu.edu/vaccinegrant/round-1.html.
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