Sacramento County Public Health, in partnership with The Center at Sierra Health Foundation and Community Based Organization partners (also known as Sac Collab) has launched a community Vaccine Ambassador Program to help communities increase vaccine confidence and increase vaccination rates.
The Vaccine Ambassador Program seeks to address the conditions that affect the health, well-being and quality of life of under-resourced communities for an equitable and healthier Sacramento. As trusted messengers in their communities, the Ambassadors provide culturally relevant COVID-19 vaccine outreach, communication, information, and community events to support these efforts. Ambassadors are people who live in the communities that they serve and who provide peer support and can share real-world experience and personal reasons for getting the vaccine to inform others.
First formed in June 2020 as a countywide initiative, the Sac Collab supports neighborhoods that data indicates are experiencing the most devastating consequences of COVID-19. The Sac Collab created an infrastructure designed to invest in localized capacity building by training and hiring community members through our partnerships with community-based organizations. Through Sac Collab, we have provided Community Case Investigators, Contract Tracers, Resource Coordinators, Business Navigators, and most recently, Vaccine Ambassadors to support Sacramento County residents. Each partnering organization has a unique historical and cultural knowledge of the community it serves, allowing them to meaningfully connect with and provide support to fellow residents impacted by COVID-19.
Community Based Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations and other agencies can request Vaccine Ambassadors for events and activities such as vaccine clinics, health fairs, family events, holiday events, food distribution, etc.
Ambassadors can help out with:
- Tabling at the event
- Canvassing (flyers, verbal communication)
- Social Media Push (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok)
- Flyer Distribution
- Phone banking
- Vaccine enrollment
- Resource Coordination