- Granting Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
- Appropriation Amount: $750,000
- Grant Amount: Award Ceiling $125,000
- Announcement Date: July 9, 2021
- Closing Date: August 17, 2021
Purpose: This initiative seeks to expand traditional immunization partnerships to plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based practices and develop novel approaches to increase confidence in
vaccines in local communities, particularly partnerships with minority-serving or other advocacy organizations that work with populations with low vaccination rates (e.g., African Americans and 3
residents in rural communities). The goal of these demonstration projects is to identify effective vaccination policies informed by evidence and best practice models to improve the public’s
confidence in the use of vaccines, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged or disenfranchised populations. Practical solutions at local levels are needed to help
support vaccination efforts in communities by healthcare providers, immunization program managers, immunization advocates, vaccine manufacturers, and other stakeholders. OIDP and the
Office of Regional Health Operations (ORHO) are collaborating to implement this project. OIDP and ORHO are operational components in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH).
This project centers around building partnerships with community stakeholders to increase confidence in the use of vaccines by the public, healthcare providers, and policymakers, especially
in communities that have lower vaccination coverage rates. Its objectives are:
a. identify a local community with low vaccination coverage rates and lagging
confidence in vaccines, characterize the community, determine causes for the lack of
vaccine confidence, and the magnitude of the problem;
b. plan and implement targeted interventions in the community designed to increase
confidence in vaccines and the community’s willingness to be vaccinated;
c. evaluate the intervention qualitatively and with quantitative measures (e.g.,
changes in numbers or percentages of vaccines administered compared to baseline),
determine the value added by the intervention, and, if appropriate, recommend how the
intervention should be used in other similar communities to increase vaccine confidence.
Eligible Applicants: Any public or private entity located in a state or territory (which includes one of the 50 states in the United States, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands) is eligible to apply for an award under this announcement. State and local governments, faith-based organizations and American Indian/Alaska Native/Native American (AI/AN/NA) organizations are eligible to apply.