The Fond du Lac United Way is one of 100 organizations across the state to receive funding for a 5-month COVID-19 community health outreach program. The project’s overarching goal is to support both the national and statewide health equity efforts to ensure that all Wisconsin residents have equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and information/resources related to.
The team consists of representatives from Extension, the Fond du Lac Area United Way, Fond du Lac Public Health Department, SSM Health, Ebony Vision, Fond du Lac School District, Latinos Unidos, The Humanity Project, United for Diversity, Pride Alliance, and the Hmong community.
Amanda Miller, Health and Well-Being Educator, brought her background in public health and community health education, to assist with applying for the grant and implementation of the project. In addition, the state Extension office is focusing on helping local communities reach rural and tribal/indigenous communities throughout Wisconsin.
The local team will address barriers that hinder access for marginalized and underserved populations who might have difficulties accessing care services. This includes transportation barriers, helping schedule appointments, hosting vaccination pop-up clinics, and making information more inclusive to language and literacy.