COVID-19 African American Education and Outreach Partnership
Due to disparities rooted in underlying, systemic issues in healthcare services, communities of color have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Age-adjusted COVID-19 hospitalization rates are about four times higher for Black and Latinx Americans versus white Americans. Pacific Islanders, Latinx, Black and Indigenous Americans all have COVID-19 death rates that are double or more that of white Americans.
In response, community organizations from across the country have stepped up to deploy resources rapidly to communities and inform federal legislation to build a racially and economically just health care system.
The COVID-19 African American Education and Outreach Partnership is a community-centered public-philanthropic partnership that combines the local standing, trust, and reach of community-based organizations (CBOs) with the resources and convening power of philanthropic partners. The Partnership is a collaboration between the East Bay Community Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Community Health, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, and CBOs across the United States with the goal of ensuring accurate public health information and resources reach communities most impacted by this pandemic.
As the lead philanthropic partner, the East Bay Community Foundation coordinates re-granting, develops and manages opportunities for cross-region learning, and serves as a hub for thought-partnership between these organizations and the CBOs. We are a conduit for public health information between the community-based organizations, state public health departments, and Congressional representatives.
Centering Expertise of Community-Based Organizations (CBO)
$2.4 million in grants were distributed to approximately 30 faith and community groups across California, the South, and mid-Atlantic regions. Projects that received funding focused on developing and amplifying accurate culturally and linguistically appropriate messages to counter disinformation, increase vaccine acceptance in Black communities, and inform federal legislation to build a racially and economically just health care system. Learn more about each project and community-based organization.
Media Campaign and Storytelling
A robust paid social and traditional media campaign developed by Carol H Williams Advertising (CHWA), a renowned, Black-led media firm aired television commercials and radio spots targeting African American communities with messages that encourage and empower stopping the spread of COVID-19. Frontline health workers shared their personal stories of trying to preserve life in underserved communities during the pandemic. A collaboration with Twitter for Good, elevated these stories, called the Covid Diaries, on social media to educate, advocate, and mobilize for health equity.
The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) is co-developing an evaluation process with each CBO. Disaggregated data will be collected and analyzed to inform health disparities and system changes needed to better serve under-resourced communities of color.
Sharing Our Learnings
In 2021, EBCF and COVID-19 Partnership stakeholders have been invited to share this unique, community-centered, and systemically-focused model at national conferences including the Council on Foundations Leading Together Summit and Change Philanthropy Unity Summit.
Media Briefing (September 16): Moving at The Pace of Trust: How Covid-19 Could Be the Wake-Up Call to End Racism in Public Health
A Press Briefing By the East Bay Community Foundation, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, and the National Minority Quality Forum