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VEAP Updates: January 2023

Published by David Crowley on

The SCI Vaccine Equity & Access Program (VEAP) is continuing to work to increase awareness and acceptance of the COVID vaccine and promote equitable access to vaccination locations in our target communities.

We are pleased to see an increase in vaccine uptake in the VEAP communities. For instance, the vaccine dashboard shared by the Department of Public Health during our weekly meeting with partners in Malden shows that the community vaccination rate is now higher than the state average, major progress in a community that was targeted as among the highest need in the state for vaccine equity work.

This fall, SCI was awarded additional funding from Community Catalyst and the CDC to build on our COVID vaccine equity work. We are now also educating our diverse communities about other vaccines, such as the Pneumococcal shot, that are important for good health.

We continue to have openings for part-time community leader outreach positions to help educate about vaccination in our target communities of Everett, Lynn, Malden and Woburn. There’s a particular need for bilingual candidates speaking one or more of our priority languages – Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Spanish.

Categories: VEAP

David Crowley

David Crowley founded SCI in Woburn, his hometown, in 2002. Under his leadership, SCI has grown to serve 20 communities in the region while continuing to make a difference in Woburn. Prior to SCI, David was the Executive Director of Boston-based Generations Inc. (now Literations). He has been involved in AmeriCorps since the program began in 2003, and served as the founding Director of the Kentucky Community Service Commission, which oversees the program for the state. David currently serves as Steering Committee Chair for the CHNA 15 regional healthy communities network. David graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Government. Unsure of his long term plans, and after many service activities in college, David set out to do a year of service in rural Kentucky, which began his career in service! In his free time, he enjoys cooking for his family, reading and walking nearby Horn Pond. He also shares his kitchen creations on his food & wine blog, Cooking Chat.