COVID-19 TRIBAL VACCINE EQUITY PROJECT

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The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan received funding from the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) to build national infrastructure for mitigating the impact of COVID-19 within racial and ethnic minority communities, called The Tribal Vaccine Equity Project.  We invite your participation.

Care for Us by Us is a campaign focused on increasing vaccine confidence and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine by overcoming barriers and providing fact-based messaging with the use of trusted messengers.

As a part of this campaign, we need YOUR help spreading the word about these services and the importance of getting vaccinated and boosted to protect Native communities from COVID-19.

In our community, we look out for one another. We rejoice in gathering, learning from each other, and sharing our experiences. We embrace and protect our families and communities above all.

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CARE FOR US BY US:  TRIBES UNITED TO FIGHT COVID-19

Caring for our community is embedded in our culture, and  COVID-19 has kept us apart and put our cultures and loved ones at risk for far too long. Now is the time to take charge of our health and our collective future. We have remained resilient, inventive, and united despite being continually overlooked. When it comes to COVID-19, we will not be left behind again. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is our best form of protection against severe illness and death and is safe to use in the short and long term. By getting vaccinated, you are protecting yourself, our culture, and our traditions. 

Do your part by joining the nearly 60% of Native Americans who are already vaccinated. Tribal health organizations are here for you every step of the way - from answering your questions to helping you set up your vaccine appointments. Contact your tribal health clinic to learn more about getting vaccinated.

Together, we’ll protect our relatives, cultures, traditions, and communities and be safely reunited once again. Celebrations, gatherings, ceremonies, and powwows are on the horizon.

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Informational Webinar (Recording)

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
3:00 PM ET

 

OPPORTUNITY #1:  PROVIDER TRAINING

Health care providers have been proven to be one of the most trusted sources of information when it comes to receiving vaccine information. Health care providers play a vital role in building confidence in vaccines by being transparent, answering patients' questions and concerns and dispelling misinformation. 

Up to $7,500 will be awarded to your Tribal Health Center upon completing one or more online vaccine hesitancy trainings for health care providers. We encourage you to have your entire provider health care staff complete the training, either individually or as a group. 

To receive this award, at least one staff member from your Tribal Health Center will need to complete one or more of the below listed trainings. 

One training completed by one or more staff

$2,500

Two trainings completed by one or more staff

$5,000

Three trainings completed by one or more staff

$7,500

Upon completion of one or more training, fill out the Training Completion Form, to receive your award. Training must be completed and submitted by 6/30/2022 to be eligible for the award. 

The Vaccine Equity Project is promoting the below list of online training resources specifically designed to help you talk to your patients about the COVID-19 vaccine. The training(s) include talking points and techniques you can apply to address your patients' concerns and any hesitancy associated with receiving the vaccine.

Online Vaccine Hesitancy Trainings

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Motivational Interviewing for Vaccine Hesitancy

 

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Cardea Training Center:  Drop Your Assumptions and Pick Up the Evidence:  Strategies for Communication with Parents about Vaccines

Recent data suggest that vaccine hesitancy is a growing problem, specifically the number of parents who are opting children out of required school entry immunizations for non-medical reasons. Take this course to learn communication strategies that address the concerns of vaccine hesitant parents.

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Northwest Regional Primary Care Association:  Motivational Interviewing for Vaccine Hesitancy:  Communication Skills to Help Resolve Vaccine Ambivalence & Increase Vaccination Rates (Free, registration required)

Learners will virtually attend a high value, expanded 1-hour introduction on top evidence based communication skills you need to know now. Help vaccine ambivalent patients turn from being hesitant, untrusting and resistant, to among the fully vaccinated in your population.

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How Nurses and Medical Assistants Can Foster a Culture of Immunization in the Practice video

Research shows that healthcare professionals are patients’ most trusted source of information when it comes to vaccines. By highlighting key points before, during, and after a patient’s visit, this presentation will support vaccine conversations and reinforce best practices for improving vaccination coverage.

PROVIDER RESOURCES

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Confronting Barriers to Vaccine Acceptance:  The Role of Effective Communication

This course developed by the Region 2 Public Health Training Center (PHTC) in collaboration with Renata Schiavo, Subject Matter Expert, Effective Communication, Community Engagement, and Health Equity, focuses on the role of effective communication in confronting barriers to vaccine acceptance. It discusses root causes of vaccine hesitancy and inequities among different groups and describes the role of effective communication in addressing such root causes, including a focus on equity- and community-driven strategies during COVID-19 and beyond. It also provides an overview of examples, case studies, best practices, and action steps to strengthen local communication systems and promote vaccine acceptance among a variety of groups.

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#HowIRecommend Vaccination Video Tools for HealthCare Providers

 

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Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines Among Your Patients

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Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Comprehensive information on routinely used vaccines and the diseases they prevent. Chapter 3, discusses essential strategies healthcare professionals can use when talking to patients about vaccines (updated 2020).

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Provider Resources for COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations with Patients

Information for healthcare providers on how to talk to patients about COVID-19 vaccines, including giving strong recommendations, setting expectations about vaccine availability, and preparing to answer likely patient questions.

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"#HowIRecommend" vaccination video series

These videos explain the importance of vaccination, how to effectively address questions from patients about vaccine safety and effectiveness, and how clinicians routinely recommend sameday vaccination for their patients.

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Motivational Interviewing

From Partnership to Advance Tribal Health

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Supplemental Module A. Motivational Interviewing

From UCONN Health - SBIRT Training Academy

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Evaluation of a Vaccine--Communication Tool for Physicians

From NIH National Library of Medicine National Center for Biotechnology Information

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Building vaccine acceptance through communication and advocacy

From US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Opportunity #2:  COMMUNITY VACCINE EVENTS

The Tribal Vaccine Equity Project provides training, toolkits and resources to be used by tribes, tribal health centers, and community partners to promote and/or host vaccine events and address vaccine hesitancy.

To support local vaccination efforts, The Tribal Vaccine Equity Project will award tribes, tribal health centers and community partners up to $15,000 for conducting a vaccine event, whether it be a standing or a one time event. All events must be concluded by 5/20/2022. 

To receive an award, a representative from the tribe, tribal health center, or community partner will need to complete the following:

  1. View the recording of the below webinars on available toolkits, guidelines and recommendations for promoting vaccines and hosting successful vaccine events:
  2. Complete the Application Form.
  3. Use first installment of funds to plan and prepare for your proposed activity
  4. Conduct and complete your proposed activity
  5. Participate in project evaluation activity (e.g., share outcome of the activity via short survey and/or participate in 1 on 1 or group interview)
  6. Receive second installment of funds to be used on future supplies and/or activities that support local vaccination efforts
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Engaging your virtual audience

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
3:00 PM ET

 

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Identifying best practices - planning and executing vaccine events (Recording)

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
3:00 PM ET

 

TRIBAL COMMUNITY EVENT RESOURCES

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Partners in Health & Community Organized Relief Effort

Community Based COVID-19 Vaccination Manual

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing Toolkit

Opportunity #3:  INTERACTIVE VACCINE EDUCATION EVENTS

Interactive educational events are similar to listening sessions or focus groups and are a type of facilitated discussion where credible sources, such as a health care provider, can address questions and concerns surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine from the community.

Examples include in-person or virtual community events on platforms like Zoom or Facebook Live to host these events. 

To receive an award of up to $2,000, a representative from the tribe, tribal health center, or community partner will need to complete the following:

  1. Review the TOOLKIT
  2. Complete the Application Form.
  3. Use first installment of funds to plan and prepare for your proposed activity
  4. Conduct and complete your proposed activity
  5. Participate in project evaluation activity (e.g., share outcome of the activity via short survey and/or participate in 1 on 1 or group interview)
  6. Receive second installment of funds to be used on future supplies and/or activities that support local vaccination efforts

Opportunity #4:  HEALTH EDUCATION PROMOTION

To increase knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 vaccine among tribal community members, we invite you to print and display the selected COVID-19 health education materials and resources.

Materials, such as posters can be displayed in hotels, casinos, housing, and recreation centers, Elder facilities, or any tribally owned or operated business. These materials can also be shared on tribal facilities or businesses’ social media outlets. All health education materials must be displayed between April 1, 2022 and May 20, 2022. 

To receive an award of $2,000, a federally recognized Tribe, tribally operated facility, and/or any tribally owned business will need to complete the following:

  1. Complete the Application Form.
  2. Use first installment of funds to plan and prepare for your proposed activity
  3. Download health education materials here.
  4. Display a minimum of 10 health education materials (print or virtual) for a minimum time period of 2 weeks. 
  5. Fill out Health Education Promotion form here (# of health education materials displayed, where they were displayed and an estimate of how many people may have seen the posters)
  6. Receive second installment of funds to be used on future supplies and/or activities that support local vaccination efforts