Vaccination Roll Out in West Michigan
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Mercy Health Muskegon and the Health Project have helped in rolling out vaccines in West Michigan in collaborative partnerships established in West Michigan. In Grand Rapids, several vaccination clinics have been established including the large scale facility at Devos place and several embedded vaccinator clinics at its Browning-Claytor, Clinica Santa Maria, and Sparta locations targeting communities of color and other marginalized populations, including immigrant and undocumented communities.
In Muskegon, the initial vaccination clinic was held at Mercy Health where many of the first wave health professionals, public safety, and frontline health and human services workers received their vaccination. Now that the community roll out has begun, Mercy Health helped established a vaccination clinic at Shape Corporation and helped with specific pop up clinics for specific sub populations groups.
Several Health Project leaders and colleagues have also served in the vaccination rollout. West Michigan’s Community Health and Well Being Director, Stevi Riel has helped coordinate the roll out implementation within West Michigan and has been a liaison for both communities between the collaborative partners and issues that arise such as limited vaccination dosages and huge waiting lists.
“We’ve been privileged to work alongside those at the front of the vaccination efforts in our community. It makes sense that Community Health Workers be part of this – so much of this work depends on trust and relationships and our colleagues are positioned to ensure that everyone has equitable access to reliable information and the vaccination.”
In addition to the clinics and appointment work, the Health Project was also able to secure funding from Trinity Health to enhance community access and awareness in the minority communities. Both communities received funding that will go directly to its respective COVID collaboration groups Mask Up Muskegon and Vaccinate West Michigan in Kent County.