La Crosse, Eau Claire groups among those receiving DHS grants

MADISON (WKBT) — Three local organizations are among those that will receive $8.1 million in community outreach grants to promote equity in COVID-19 vaccinations from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Great Rivers United Way will receive $99,683 through the program, which will support its one-on-one education program with community health workers. The program addresses questions and concerns and provides technical assistance to help people set up and get to a vaccine appointment.

The Eau Claire City/County Health Department will receive $100,000 for its COVID-19 Incident Command Structure and Community Services Branch to reach underserved populations and get them vaccinated.

The Coulee Region Immigration Task Force will use its $87,860 grant to reach Latinx immigrants in La Crosse, Monroe and Trempealeau counties.

“Ensuring every Wisconsinite has access to quality, affordable healthcare is an essential part of our response to this pandemic and building strong, healthy communities,” said Gov. Tony Evers. “We also know we must work to address disparities in access to healthcare services and providers both for the duration of this pandemic and beyond it. These funds will be critically important in our ongoing efforts to make sure every Wisconsin can access the safe, effective, and free vaccine.”

The program was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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