Outreach Tool: Young Adult Perspectives on the COVID-19 Vaccine

Yesterday, Young Invincibles released a new report, “Young Adult Perspectives on the COVID-19 Vaccine.” The report details findings from a series of facilitated discussions with young adults nationwide about their concerns, motivations, and issues of access related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Among the unvaccinated participants, the vast majority cited misinformation, confusion, or not feeling well-informed enough to make a decision as the main reasons they were not vaccinated. In addition to identifying access barriers preventing young people from getting vaccinated, we asked the young adult participants about motivations that move those who have been waiting to choose vaccination. The report provides recommendations on messaging and outreach in reaching the young adult population.
Read the full report, here.

Updates from Asdzáán Be’eena’

The team at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health recently published two papers, in the Family and Community Health and BMC Public Health scientific journals. 

In the pilot, funded by Rx Foundation, the Center conducted a feasibility and impact assessment of their Female Pathways/Mother Daughter program, Asdzáán Be’eena’. Developed over several years in partnership with Navajo Nation and guided by community advisory boards and cultural experts, this program is an “intergenerational, strength-based, and culturally grounded program to improve the health of Navajo families.” The program evaluation, as published in BMC, showed great promise. If Asdzáán Be’eena’ continues to be efficacious, this will be the first culturally-grounded primary prevention program for Native families that “promotes protective factors associated with delayed substance use and sexual risk taking” for young Navajo women

A Movement for Change-Makers

Community Catalyst was recently uplifted in an article published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. “The Social Sectors Needs a Meta Movement” highlights the need for a network of grassroots movements, connecting seemingly disparate groups working on singular issues to “align agendas in pursuit of common goals”.

Community Catalyst’s Voices for Health Justice project does just that. They seek “to build a community-driven, community responsive health system by galvanizing the power of people and communities to demand and win change in how that system operates”. Learn more about Community Catalyst’s project here.

The Community-wide Impacts of a Functional Zero

Recently, the Urban Institute researched the community-wide impacts of reaching functional zero homelessness in communities across the United States. The Institute conducted interviews and assessed data from four Built for Zero communities, an initiative led by Community Solutions, that have successfully reached the functional zero mark. Their key findings confirm that “achieving functional zero for a population yields benefits across the entire community, including individuals both within and outside the target population; the homelessness response system; other systems (like health care, criminal legal, and emergency systems); and the broader community”. Read more about their key findings here.

More than 89 communities across the U.S. are working to end homelessness through Built for Zero. So far, 14 have reached a functional zero.

What Matters Most, a Structured Tool

Dr. Julie M. Paik and Team were recently published in The Gerontologist. After developing a new structured tool, What Matters Most, to identify and evaluate the health values and needs of patients with multicomplexities, Dr. Paik and Team evaluated its effectiveness in an observational study of outpatient clinics in Boston. In short, the Team has developed an effective structured tool that provides more clarity to clinicians when assessing what matters most to older adults living with multiple chronic conditions.

Lessons and Reflections on Building Capacity for Health Advocacy


The Rx Foundation has been on a journey of listening to and learning from our advocacy partners since launching the Building Capacity for Health Advocacy grant program in 2019. We’re currently in the second full year of the program, and to date we have partnered with 16 organizations across 12 states. Recently, our Executive Director, Jennie Riley, shared reflections on lessons we are learning in a blog post for Exponent Philanthropy. Read how we’ve shifted our grantmaking tactics to foster greater capacity and infrastructure among advocacy, organizing, and civic engagement organizations here.

New Online Resource Hub: The Vaccine Equity Cooperative

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New Vaccine Equity Cooperative launches online resource hub for community workforces to increase vaccine access and awareness

This week, the Vaccine Equity Cooperative, a collaboration of national and local community health-focused organizations, launched a new online resource hub to support community-based workforces (like community health workers, navigators, and Promotores de Salud) as they work to increase COVID-19 vaccine access and readiness across the U.S.

Founded by Health Leads, National Association of Community Health Workers, CONVINCE USA, Partners in Health and Native Way Federation, the Cooperative is a new online resource hub provides support to local community-based workforces and caregivers as they work to increase COVID-19 vaccine access and readiness across the country. Their website has curated resources and updates from trusted health care, public health, and racial equity experts, as well as the opportunity to share content and connect in open forums. You can find toolkits, sign up for webinars, trainings, and events, and connect with others all in one place.

Learn more about the hub by visiting https://vaccineequitycooperative.org/ and share it with your networks. You can also get involved with the Cooperative by reaching out to them on their website.Check out the hub at www.vaccineequitycooperative.org

Ariadne Labs’ COVID-19 Response: Vaccine Equity Planner tool & Mass Vaccination Site Collaborative

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Over the past several months, the team at Ariadne Labs has been working diligently to make COVID-19 vaccinations more equitable, efficient, and easy for all — planners, providers, and patients.

Most recently, Ariadne Labs partnered with Boston Children’s Hospital and Google to launch the Vaccine Equity Planner tool. With this tool, state and local planners can identify ‘vaccine deserts’ to provide more targeted opportunities for equitable COVID-19 vaccination, as well as remove obstacles to vaccination access.

In May 2021, Ariadne Labs also launched a blog to record and share learnings and insights from their Global Mass Vaccination Site Collaborative, a fifty member collective representing more than twelve mass vaccinations sites across the US, that gathers regularly to host virtual, lively forums on COVID-19 vaccinations. Rx Foundation supported Ariadne Labs with a grant to launch the Global Mass Vaccination Site Collaborative. Today, the blog has 10 articles and growing, covering COVID-19 vaccination challenges, insights, and solutions in real-time as mass vaccination site leaders exchange information in the changing landscape of COVID-19. Learn more key takeaways from field experts on COVID-19 vaccinations by visiting their blog at https://ariadnelabs.medium.com/sharing-lessons-learned-to-bring-covid-19-vaccines-to-the-world-7489f1e8ff6b, or learn more about Ariadne Labs’ response to COVID-19 at http://covid19.ariadnelabs.org/

Community Shares won MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change Competition!

Community Solutions team reactions recorded on Zoom when winning MacArthur Foundation competition

In April 2019, the folks at Community Solutions were notified on a Zoom call that they were the recipient of the 100&Change competition, hosted by the MacArthur Foundation. The nonprofit was awarded a $100M grant to accelerate their ongoing work to end homelessness through their Built for Zero network. Community Shares is helping at least 75 geographically and politically diverse communities reach and sustain a functional zero for homelessness by 2026. All of us at the Rx Foundation are so thrilled for the team at Community Solutions, and enjoyed watching their reactions when they learned they won the MacArthur grant. Congratulations!