IA² is one of 102 community-based organizations in 2023, awarded by the CDC Foundation under the Partnering for Vaccine Equity program.
This program will continue to assist those working with Native elders in rural/ urban clusters by increasing available community-informed, culturally tailored vaccine communication and education products. With the goal of reducing vaccine hesitancy, thus resulting in adult flu and COVID-19 vaccination uptake.
Native American populations are falling behind state COVID-19 vaccination averages, and even fewer individuals are receiving booster shots. While in the last decade, the flu vaccination uptake remained the same with a suggestion of decline. Given the rurality of most tribal communities, these communities face economic and geographic challenges in providing care, which impacts the health of the people who live there.
This initiative supports the implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve communities’ health and reduce vaccine hesitancy’s prevalence. It builds on knowledge developed through the previously funded program year and encourages cross-sector collaborations to create lasting community change.