National Network to Innovate for COVID and Adult Vaccine Equity

Take action and create change to promote health equity and social justice in communities.

Given the racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake and persistent disparities in other adult immunizations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes that long-term investment in vaccine equity is necessary so that all racial and ethnic groups can fully realize the benefits of vaccination. Through the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Adult Immunization program,  CDC is supporting a network of over 500 national, state, local, and community organizations implementing activities to increase awareness of, availability of, access to, and confidence in COVId-19 and influenza vaccination.  

In response to the above need, The National Network to Innovate for COVID-19 and Adult Vaccine Equity (NNICE)  was established under the leadership of Michigan State University (MSU).  Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) has been awarded funds through NNICE to support this work in eastern North Carolina targeting  the African American population .  Eastern is being defined as counties either east of or intersecting I-95.


Through the above support, CCPH will provide resources and tools to community partners to increase awareness of, availability of, access to, and confidence in COVID-19 and influenza vaccination. CCPH will host a two-tiered Mini-Grants program to support participating organizations. Tier 1 will provide 5 grants up to $50,000 each to large scale organizations.  Tier 2 will provide 15 grants up to $10,000 each for smaller scaled organizations. 

Funded projects must include one or more of the following promising practices:

  • Community-Level Immunization Champion ​​
  • Mass Public Health/ Education Campaigns ​​
  • Social Media Diffusion of Knowledge ​​
  • Medical-system (Local) Immunization Champion ​​
  • Electronic Health Record Vaccine Reminders ​​
  • Community-Based Distribution Sites​​
  • Community-Specific or Subgroup-Specific Public Health/ Education Campaigns ​​
  • Patient Vaccine Navigator​


Debra Furr-Holden

Debra Furr-Holden, PHD

Principal Investigator

Al Richmond, MSW

Partner Lead

Community Engagement Collaborative

CCPH has partnered with local organizations to disseminate resources and tools directly to communities engaged in advancing adult vaccinations.

Participating Counties

What our Principal Investigator says about this project:

“The goal of the grant is to boost COVID-19 and other adult vaccine literacy, confidence, access and receipt.”

““We will implement community-driven interventions that make a real difference in these communities and build an evidence base for innovative strategies moving forward.”

“We will implement innovative strategies with communities as equitable partners in the work and engage multiple sectors of society.”    

Debra Furr-Holden, PHD, source


Debra Furr-Holden



If you have any questions, please reach out to Paige Castro-Reyes at paige.castroreyes@stratoscreativedev.com.