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Healthy KC Eastside Reports Success

Leaders of Our Healthy Kansas City Eastside, a community health collaborative created to address COVID-19 in underserved neighborhoods, reported the initiative’s success at a community forum January 26 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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What Actually Works to Get People Vaccinated

A published article on Slate, a daily web magazine and podcast network, has chronicled Jannette Berkley-Patton’s efforts to launch Our Healthy Kansas City Eastside, a program that has nearly doubled the original goal of vaccinating 5,000 people.

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Mother, daughter play big roles for their community, OHKCE collaboration

As president of the East 23rd Street PAC neighborhood association for a dozen years, Rachel Riley has rallied residents “to roll up our sleeves, show our love for each other and take back our community from trash and violence.” When OHKCE reached out about its program to bring vaccinations, information and other health care services to Eastside neighborhoods, Riley said, “we’re all in.”

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Teeing Up for Community Health

Chris Harris is well-known for his efforts to elevate and energize the Ivanhoe neighborhood on the eastside of Kansas City. Recently, Harris began applying his energy to providing opportunities in the neighborhood for people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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County Executive played key role in launching OHKCE

The Our Healthy Kansas City Eastside program has spread across traditionally underserved areas in Kansas City, bringing COVID-19 vaccinations and a range of preventive health screenings to residents who often don’t have easy access to such services. As the $5 million program reaches more and more residents, it’s good to recall that it started with an idea in the office of Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr., who grew up on the Eastside.

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Eastside COVID Initiative Includes Youth Ambassadors

Youth Ambassadors has a successful history bringing positive change to the lives of teenagers in underserved neighborhoods in Kansas City. In addition to a year-round employment program, its summer program provides youth with opportunities to explore experiential learning and leadership. Based on its history, Youth Ambassadors has the opportunity to leverage relationships with its participants to drive COVID-19 vaccination.

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Minister of Health

In the late 1980s, Eric D. Williams, pastor of Calvary Temple Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, fought a long, but worthwhile battle educating his community on AIDS awareness and prevention – both from his pulpit and in his neighborhood. Today, he continues his crusade for good health through the Our Healthy KC Eastside initiative to fight COVID-19.

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UMKC Awarded $5 Million to Fight COVID on the East Side

Jackson County approves CARES Act funding to promote vaccinations and other preventive care – May 10, 2021

Our Healthy KC Eastside To Focus On Vaccine Outreach And Distribution

KCUR interviews Jannette Berkley-Patton – May 20, 2021

Jackson County Executive endorses 'Our Healthy KC Eastside' project

Local media announces efforts, which will be led by Jannette Berkley-Patton – May 10, 2021