The Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS) has been awarded a $1 million grant to support regional community-based efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in underserved communities.
The funding was made available by the American Rescue Plan and is being distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The grant will bring together community health workers, patient navigators and social support specialists to educate and assist people in accessing and receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. The level of community transmission in Monroe County is listed as substantial, according to the CDC COVID tracker.
More than 62 percent of Monroe County residents have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but cases are on the rise. The CDC reports that hospitalizations are up 110 percent in the last week in Monroe County, while the number of cases are up nearly 103 percent.
FLPPS is the lead agency for the grant work and is partnering with Human Service Development, Ibero-American Action League, MC Collaborative, Father Tracy Advocacy Center, Ardent Solutions, Western NY Coalition of Farmworkers and S2AY Rural Health Network. FLPPS and Common Ground Health will oversee program delivery in coordination and collaboration with the regional vaccine hubs across the 13-county FLPPS region.
The FLPPS grant is part of the $121 million in American Rescue Plan funding to 127 agencies nationwide.
“This grant will support trusted voices in local communities in sharing information about vaccines, building vaccine confidence, and addressing barriers to vaccination for individuals in underserved communities,” said FLPPS Executive Director Carol Tegas.