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Flatwater Free Press

Matthew Hansen

3 September 2021

Omaha, Nebraska, United States

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Community health workers from One World have gained community trust over the years and now go door-to-door to talk with residents about the COVID-19 vaccine and dispel misinformation. They provide resources in Spanish...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

1 September 2021

India

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Community-based organizations have been key to reaching historically marginalized populations with COVID-19 information. Grassroots leaders and community workers are effective because they have built trust among commu...

Bloomberg

Amy Yee

28 August 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Community groups in under-vaccinated areas helped tens of thousands of people get vaccinated, made slightly easier since the FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and more employers requiring it. Nonprofits like...

The Washington Post

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Elizabeth Dwoskin

24 August 2021

United States

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Vaccine Talk is a Facebook group for evidence-based discussion to help both pro- and anti-vaccine people wade through all of the conflicting, and oftentimes wrong, information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The group has...

The News Minute

Cris

20 August 2021

Wayanad, Kerala, India

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Wayanad is the first district in Kerala to have vaccinated the entire adult population with at least one COVID-19 vaccine. Rather than waiting for people to make appointments, officials went door-to-door providing all...

USA Today

Andrew Yawn

5 August 2021

Dare County, North Carolina, United States

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Dare County, a relatively isolated and rural coastal county in North Carolina, has the highest vaccination rate in the southern U.S. The successful vaccination campaign is due in part to an existing communication infr...

Vogue

Emma Specter

5 August 2021

Lowell, Massachusetts, United States

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The Greater Lowell Health Alliance offered COVID-19 vaccines using a “block party” model where community members enjoy free food, music, activities, and even childcare, while also having access to information about va...

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Natalie Van Hoozer

30 July 2021

Reno, Nevada, United States

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To increase vaccination rates among Reno’s Latino/a population, organizers conducted outreach with congregants at a local church that offers Spanish-language masses. Confidence in clinic locations and feeling safe due...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Allison Frost

29 July 2021

Taiwan

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Taiwan responded to COVID-19 quickly, which helped keep cases low and avoid widespread shutdowns. The country had closely tracked its PPE stockpiles since the 2003 SARS outbreak, has a national health command center t...

Southerly

Victoria Bouloubasis

9 July 2021

Dunn, North Carolina, United States

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A mother and daughter in North Carolina have helped launch a successful vaccination events and campaigns without much aid from the local government. Both took to grassroots awareness campaigns and took to walking arou...

The Verge

Sanket Jain

17 June 2021

India

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Accredited social health activists (ASHA) across India fight COVID-19 related misinformation on WhatsApp. ASHAs provide basic health care to people in their villages, which puts them on the frontline of treating COVID...

National Geographic

Puja Changoiwala

21 May 2021

Janefal, India

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To increase the rate of those receiving the Covid vaccine, the village of Janefal in India implemented a public awareness campaign founded on building trust with local community members. Leading the charge was a task ...

PBS NewsHour

Nick Schifrin

11 May 2021

Australia

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Strict and early knockdowns and consistent public health messaging have helped Australia effectively eliminate Covid-19. Now, the country and its residents have largely returned to business as usual, despite many citi...

The Land

Marc Lefkowitz

11 May 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Building trust, engaging in personal conversations, and providing services that reduce barriers to getting vaccinated have helped increase the COVID-19 vaccination rates in some Cleveland neighborhoods. Posting inform...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Audrey Korte

4 May 2021

Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States

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To help protect the predominantly Black community in Sedgwick County, Kansas, the county collaborated with local leaders and residents to create an information and messaging campaign that specifically addressed commun...

MIT Technology Review

Varsha Bansal

28 April 2021

India

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In India, citizen-led small-scale digital efforts are helping to connect Covid-19 patients with the resources, supplies, and medical equipment they need to survive. The citizen groups are largely using online platform...

NPR

Frank Langfitt

26 April 2021

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Sheikh Nuru Mohammed uses weekly sermons as imam at Al-Abbas mosque to dispel false information about the COVID-19 vaccine, inspiring hundreds of skeptical congregants to get vaccinated. He also turned the mosque into...

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Conor Morris

15 April 2021

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States

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In Cuyahoga County, Ohio, a phone line has helped tens of thousands of residents access information about Covid-19 as well as make appointments to receive their vaccinations. The helpline is a "natural extension of th...

Cleveland Scene

Rachel Dissell

Claudia Longo

14 April 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland failed to provide Spanish translation services even though 11 percent of its residents identify as Hispanic. The oversight is a threat to public health, especially in the midst of a pandemic. The Spanish-spe...

The Washington Post

Rachel Pannett

9 April 2021

Australia

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Indigenous Australians have fared far better than tribal regions in other parts of the world during the coronavirus pandemic due to a collaborative and proactive health campaign between health experts and aboriginal l...

Fierce for Black Women

Anna Almendrala

9 April 2021

Richmond, California, United States

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In the Bay Area of California, Black churches are helping to encourage trust around Covid vaccines for those in their congregations who are hesitant to receive the shot. After focusing on dispelling misinformation and...

The New York Times

Geneva Abdul

6 April 2021

London, England, United Kingdom

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To discourage the spread of misinformation about the Covid vaccine and decrease vaccine hesitancy in minority communities, religious leaders and other influential people in Britain have launched campaigns to dispel co...

Global Press Journal

Aline Suárez del Real

6 April 2021

Mexico

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Verificovid was started by a group of friends to combat pandemic-related misinformation in Mexico. They work with a group of government doctors to identify, track, investigate, and disprove misinformation. The group p...

Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Cara Rosner

29 March 2021

Connecticut, United States

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Community health workers are a key part of Connecticut's public health response to COVID-19, particularly in marginalized communities. CHWs connect people to health care and other services, like rental assistance, hel...

The Guardian

Helen Davidson

Emma Graham-Harrison

24 March 2021

Taiwan

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Taiwan was among the first countries to respond to COVID-19 with decisive actions that contained the virus’ impact on the population. Its 2003 experience with the SARS virus provided an established infrastructure to f...

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