Covid VACCS

Funder: Gil Omenn and Martha Darling Initiative for Trusted and Trustworthy Scientific Innovation

Community health centers are key providers of vaccinations and vaccine education. During Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in early 2021, the federal government disbursed vaccines directly to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to facilitate vaccination of their patient populations, which are disproportionately minority and medically underserved.

The goal of this rapid-response project is to understand how frontline vaccine providers serving disproportionately vulnerable communities responded to barriers to vaccine access, patients’ concerns about Covid-19 vaccination, and related issues of trust during a public health emergency.

Method: Interviews with 20 frontline providers across two FQHCs in New York and Tennessee.

Research Letter

Advancing Covid Vaccination Equity at Federally Qualified Health Centers: a Rapid Qualitative Review
Journal of General Internal Medicine

Project Team

Johanna Crane, PhD
Principal Investigator

Associate Professor, Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College
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Carolyn Neuhaus, PhD
Principal Investigator

Research Scholar, The Hastings Center
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Nancy Berlinger, PhD
Co-Investigator

Research Scholar, The Hastings Center
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Rachel Fabi, PhD

Co-Investigator

Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Humanities, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University
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Danielle Pacia, MBE

Co-Investigator

Project Manager-Research Assistant, The Hastings Center
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Bioethics in Community Health