Community-Based Organizations are working hard to educate and protect neighborhoods against COVID-19
42 Community-based organizations were the recipients of a Community Supports Program Grant by CCDPH and the Hektoen Institute from the Contact Tracing Initiative.
These Community Supports Program grants go directly to support community-level efforts aimed at lessening the spread of COVID-19 and its social and economic impact in communities and populations most affected by the pandemic.
- What are Community-Based Organizations?
- What do CBOs do?
- How were CBOs selected?
- About the Hektoen Institute
What are Community-based Organizations?
Community-Based Organizations are credible, trusted institutions that play an important role in sharing accurate and timely COVID-19-related information to communities and populations served by CCDPH, especially those who have been hardest hit by COVID-19. They also serve as a resource to dispel myths surrounding COVID-19 and the vaccines.
In addition to COVID-19 exacerbating health disparities, the pandemic has also resulted in increases in:
- food insecurity
- housing instability
- deaths by suicide and drugs
- violence (i.e., domestic, gun and child abuse)
- needs for behavioral and mental health services
- language proficiency support
- increased need for primary care medical homes, benefits, and childcare services
CBOs are working hard to provide resources and education to their communities by hosting community events, spreading communication materials, and even providing vaccines when possible. They establish and execute localized-outreach and education campaigns to residents within CCDPH’s jurisdiction using materials developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and/or CCDPH. CBOs also create their own communication materials including social media and print and use community institutions (e.g., neighborhood block clubs, school civic organizations, beauty salons and barber shops) to get COVID-19 information where it is most needed; this information includes general facts about COVID-19, vaccine information and availability, information about contact tracing, the importance of physical distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands, where to get tested, and how to find necessary resources.
What are CBOs expected to do?
CBOs are expected to expand upon their existing programs and services to either help households isolate and quarantine as needed, and to lessen the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Based on community feedback and reports, key priorities for this funding opportunity include some of the following community supports:
- Masks, cleaning supplies, and other necessities to lessen spread of COVID-19 and/or to stay at home
- Access to food
- Connections to housing and employment resources
- Links to a primary care medical home, behavioral or mental health services, and benefits
- Assistance with navigating health systems and telehealth
- Childcare services
- Senior services
How were the CBOs selected?
A “community-based organization” is defined as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that has demonstrated service delivery to specific populations and/or community areas. Service delivery includes programming driven by an understanding of, or directed by, community voice. Collaborations and partnerships between organizations are strongly encouraged.
Additionally, CBOs who were selected must have the organizational capacity to conduct the work described above and have the fiscal and administrative capacity necessary to effectively enact the requirements of this grant. Requirements include financial stability, fiscal solvency, ability to provide separate reporting for use of funds, and staff to oversee the scope of work and comply with the contract.
This program supports community-level efforts aimed at ensuring the Contact Tracing Initiative slows the spread of COVID-19 and lessens its social and economic impact within communities and populations most affected by the pandemic.
CBOs selected as recipients support:
- Education and outreach efforts by promoting preventive actions in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Disseminating information dispelling myths and rumors, with an emphasis on targeting priority communities and populations at greater risk of infection.
- Expansion of existing programs or services that help households isolate and quarantine and lessen the social and economic impact of COVID-19.
- Increased availability and access to testing
Located in the Illinois Medical District, the Hektoen Institute of Medicine was founded in 1943 by a group of prominent Cook County physicians as a venue for funding and conducting medical research and education. It was named after Ludvig Hektoen, professor of pathology at Cook County Hospital and Rush Medical College, who made many advances in science and was considered to be one of the first to devote himself prominently and consistently to the science of medicine.
Today, Hektoen is a nonprofit health service and research organization that administers grant awards on behalf of community organizations, independent investigators, and institutions working to improve care and resources for the underserved. Hektoen’s sponsored programs address some of the most pressing health concerns facing underserved populations in Chicago and throughout the world, including: domestic violence, substance use, and mental health; HIV care and support services; community oncology; early intervention; healthcare reform; and a diverse array of other research and services.
The Institute also engages in a series of educational programs, publishing Hektoen International, an online journal dedicated to advancing the medical humanities, and supporting several other programs whose goal is to improve health-care and education in the Chicago area.
CCDPH CBO Partners
Vaccine & Testing Locations
Permanent & Semi Permanent Vaccine Locations
Community Based Events
|Region||CBO Name||Event||Event Date|
|South||BWS Family Life Center||Food Distribution and Community Education||Every Sat, 9:30am - noon|
|West||First Baptist Church of Melrose Park||Food Distribution and Community Education||Every Friday|
|West||Cercl (Loyola)||Testing||Every Wed, Thur and Fri|
|South||Arab American Family Services||Vaccine Registrations & Appointments||Ongoing|
GENERAL VACCINE MESSAGING
General Messaging from the CDC
What You Need to Know
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- You may have side effects after vaccination. These are normal and should go away in a few days.
- It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. You are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.
- Learn how to find a COVID-19 vaccine so you can get it as soon as you can.
- People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
What We Are Still Learning
- We are still learning how well vaccines prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to others, even if you do not have symptoms. Early data show that vaccines help keep people with no symptoms from spreading COVID-19.
- We are also still learning how long COVID-19 vaccines protect people.
- We are still learning how many people have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the population can be considered protected (population immunity).
- We are still learning how effective the vaccines are against new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Availability of Vaccines
What we know
Vaccines are now more widely accessible in the U.S. Everyone ages 12 and older is recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
Vaccines are now more widely accessible in the U.S. The federal government continues to work toward making vaccines widely available for everyone at no cost. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines get to you.
Many doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics offer COVID-19 vaccinations. Your doctor’s office or local pharmacy may contact you with information about their vaccination plans. Parents, check with your child’s healthcare provider about whether they will offer COVID-19 vaccination.
Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
Get a COVID-19 vaccine for your child as soon as you can.
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes studies in adolescents.
- Your child will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 3 weeks after their first shot.
- Your child can’t get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine, including the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
- Your child may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit or without waiting 14 days between vaccines.
Prepare for your child’s vaccination visit.
- Get tips for how to support your child before, during, and after the visit.
- Talk to your child before the visit about what to expect.
- Tell the doctor or nurse about any allergies your child may have.
- Comfort your child during the appointment.
- To prevent fainting and injuries related to fainting, your child should be seated or lying down during vaccination and for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given.
- After your child’s COVID-19 vaccination, you will be asked to stay for 15–30 minutes so your child can be observed in case they have a severe allergic reaction and need immediate treatment.
- Muscle pain
These side effects may affect your child’s ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.
Ask your child’s healthcare provider for advice on using a non-aspirin pain reliever and other steps you can take at home to comfort your child. It is not recommended you give pain relievers before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent side effects.
After you and your child are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, your family can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what your child and your family can do when you have been fully vaccinated.
Cost of vaccines
You will not be charged for a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:
- Charge you for the vaccine.
- Charge you any administration fees, copays, coinsurance, or the balance of the bill after appropriate reimbursement.
- Deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured, or is out of network.
- Charge an office visit or other fee to the recipient if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination.
- Require additional services in order for a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; however, additional healthcare services can be provided at the same time and billed as appropriate.
VACCINE SOCIAL MEDIA GRAPHICS (ESP. 12-15)
GENERAL COVID VACCINE MESSAGING: https://wecandothis.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/2021-05/CCC%20Digital%20Day%20of%20Action%20Social%20Media%20Toolkit.pdf
GUIDE FOR FAITH-BASED AND COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS: https://wecandothis.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/2021-05/Resource%20Guide%20for%20Faith-Based%20and%20Community-Based%20Organizations%20Fighting%20COVID-19%20%20Updated_508.pdf
HOME VACCINATION FLYERS
MORE GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS--MYSHOT, MASKUP, ANSWER THE CALL, CDC VACCINE INFO FOR WORKPLACES
CCDPH's "My Shot" campaign/microsite - Vaccine information, factsheets, graphics and social media graphics
CCDPH's "#Maskup" campaign/microsite - Stresses the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing, even now that vaccines are available
CCDPH's "Answer the Call" campaign/microsite - Why Contact Tracing is so important to stop the spread of COVID-19