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CommuniHealth: Strategies for Standing Up, Strengthening, and Sustaining the Local Community Health Sector (a.k.a. CommuniVax 2.0)

Focus area:

Global Health Security

Emerging Infectious Disease and Epidemics

Medical and Public Health Preparedness and Response

CommuniHealth represents the redoubling of efforts to accelerate the maturation of local community health systems in CommuniVax sites in Alabama, California, and Maryland. A derivative of these intensified efforts will be the generation of strategic and practical tools—forged in real-world conditions—that can be applied in other localities where the community health sector needs further strengthening.

Community health workers (CHWs) and community- and faith-based organizations (CFBOs)—through their leadership and involvement in COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, vaccination distribution and administration, and food security—have shown unmatched abilities to redress both racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infection and death rates, and the basic inequities that have led to the pandemic’s disproportionate impacts on communities of color.

The crystallization of community health assets into a genuine system—one that is socially valued and sustainably financed—is key to advancing health equity and strengthening trust in public health, as the country moves through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project team leads: Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD; Emily Brunson, PhD, MPH

Project team: Divya Hosangadi, MSPH; Sanjana Ravi, MPH; Maddie Taylor, MSPH candidate; Marc Trotochaud, MSPH

Project supported by: Silicon Valley Community Foundation

 

 

Our Mission

To protect people’s health from epidemics and disasters and ensure that communities are resilient to major challenges.