Neighborhood Health Welcomes President Biden to Vaccination Clinic Addressing Equity
April 6, 2021
Neighborhood Health, a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves a predominately low-income and uninsured patient population in Northern Virginia today welcomed President Joe Biden to one of its COVID-19 vaccination sites located in in the Virginia Theological Seminary’s Immanuel Chapel. President Biden toured the clinic and spoke with staff, patients as well as members of the faith community that have partnered with Neighborhood Health in its efforts to increase equity in the vaccine rollout.
Neighborhood Health is focused on increasing vaccine equity. It has set up seven vaccination sites in areas accessible to underserved communities in Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax County. These sites are located in churches, community centers, and retail areas. Neighborhood Health’s program is not open to the general public. Instead, it is focused on its low-income patient population as well as individuals referred from approximately 100 partner organizations that serve low-income communities and people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. These include faith organizations, safety net nonprofits, and local agencies. Patients do not have to navigate an online registration process; instead, they are referred by the partner organization. This program has been made possible by vaccines obtained from the Biden administration’s Community Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program as well as the Virginia Department of Health. Neighborhood Health was one of the initial 250 health centers chosen for the Community Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program.
Neighborhood Health has already received more than 8,000 referrals its community partners, particularly from African American churches; organizations serving Latino and Asian communities; and agencies focused on food assistance, legal aid, affordable housing, tenants’ rights and social services; as well as the local health departments.
Thanks to these robust community partnerships, Neighborhood Health has already administered 20,000 vaccines; of those who reported their ethnicity and race, more than 85% have been to people of color. Currently, approximately 5,000 individuals per week are being vaccinated.
Dr Basim Khan, Neighborhood Health’s Executive Director, talks about the heroic efforts throughout the community to get people in need vaccinated. “We are grateful to our dedicated staff, volunteers, and partners in the faith community, non-profits, and local government who are working together to vaccinate the communities that have been most impacted by COVID-19. We are honored that President Biden chose to visit one of our vaccine sites.”
About Neighborhood Health
Founded more than 20 years ago, Neighborhood Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary medical care, dental care, behavioral health care, and other services to 40,000 patients in 13 clinics across Northern Virginia. Neighborhood Health’s patient population is predominately low-income, uninsured, and people of color. It is accredited and certified as a Primary Care Medical Home by the Joint Commission. Neighborhood Health’s mission is to improve health and advance health equity in Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax by providing high quality primary care regardless of ability to pay.
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