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Current COVID-19 Vaccine-Related Projects
Vaccine Access and Confidence Project
This project aims to engage the AUCD national network and partners to:
- facilitate COVID-19 vaccine conversations among members,
- identify barriers to vaccine accessibility,
- increase vaccine confidence,
- share credible COVID-19 vaccination information,
- respond to misinformation,
- translate information into accessible formats, and
- share success stories and lessons learned
Key influencers of people with disabilities will be engaged throughout this effort: families, direct support professionals, and other people with disabilities.
Three components form the project:
- National community of practice (CoP) shares strategies and creative information dissemination techniques based on local and regional experience. This AUCD-facilitated CoP takes place over a 12-month period and includes 12 AUCD member center/programs across the country: FL – Miami, OH – Cincinnati, MD, MN, MT, NY Einstein, NY-WHID, NY-Rochester, NM, PR, and SD, and Washington, DC. These members of the national CoP leverage existing community work in this area of vaccine confidence in a culturally appropriate approach, with local engagement. AUCD Trainees will be engaged at each center site to support local vaccine confidence materials and message dissemination.
- Dissemination Innovation Mini-grants conduct targeted outreach and messaging efforts, and adapt messages and materials in local regions across the country, either directly or through community partners or cultural brokers, to support sharing of accessible and credible vaccine information to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence in the disability community. This timely outreach will use upcoming opportunities to engage families, DSPs, and people with disabilities, such as the weeks between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day or outreach focused on the priority to vaccinate all eligible people with disabilities by the Anniversary of the ADA (7/26)
- Vaccine confidence materials and message partners, HDI at the University of KY UCEDD and Green Mountain Self-Advocates, share feedback on messages and advise on the communication channels, to include any needed materials and options.
Local Vaccine Outreach with the Disability Community Project
The purpose of this project is to conduct local vaccine outreach activities in the disability community and to increase vaccination rates among people with disabilities across the lifespan, their family caregivers, and direct support providers (DSPs) for older adults and persons with disabilities.
Using the COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence products and resources developed by the NCDPH, a diverse group of Disability Organizations, Regional and Mini hubs, and AUCD Network Trainees will conduct targeted outreach activities. Each partner will develop plans to collaborate with local and regional organizations to promote vaccine confidence, identify barriers, and facilitate increased use of accessible vaccination sites and increased COVID-19 vaccination rates among people with disabilities.
The Disability Organization Subawardee Partners are:
- The Arc of the United States
- Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
- National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP)
- National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
- American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
- Autism Society of America
- Family Voices
- Spina Bifida Association
- Autism Speaks
The Regional and Mini Hubs are:
- Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky
- Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University
- Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana
- Indiana institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University
- Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota
- PACWEST Regional Consortium at UCLA
The AUCD Network Trainees represent the following organizations:
- Georgia State University
- University of Minnesota
- University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
- University of Colorado Denver
- University of Arizona
- University of Connecticut
Below is a map showcasing all of AUCD’s vaccine confidence partners. The blue pins represent our Community of Practice members, the orange pins represent our Dissemination Innovators, and the green pins represent our partners assisting with the development of accessible materials. Click on any pin for contact information and to learn more about how each partner will contribute to the initiative.
Join our Prepared4All Town Halls (3rd Wednesday of month, 1-2pmET)! These monthly discussions link disability organizations with emergency management agencies and public health organizations on a local level. Join us as we make connections and problem-solve.
Want to Learn More? Email us at Prepared4all@aucd.org.
- Take our free online course “Prepared4ALL: Whole Community Inclusive Emergency Planning“
- Visit our Public Health is for Everyone toolkit