As COVID-19 vaccines become more available, public health efforts are starting to focus on education and access. Charlene McGee manages a program in Multnomah County that aims to improve health for Black residents and African immigrant and refugee communities. Those at greatest risk for preventable disease and negative health outcomes before the pandemic are also the ones at greatest risk from COVID-19, McGee says. McGee joins us to talk about the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, or REACH, program, and how it is partnering with community organizations to educate people about the vaccines and working to make sure those who are eligible for the shots can get them.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect more specifically the populations the REACH program focuses on.
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