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Building Trust and Confidence Through Partnerships Grant

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Request for Proposals
Application Deadline: August 16, 2021

The AAMC Center for Health Justice focuses on the intersection of population health, community health, and health equity and prioritizes community collaborations and engagement. Building confidence in a COVID-19 vaccine among health care personnel or local community members requires bidirectional communication, equitable exchange of information and ideas, and opportunities to demonstrate that the health care, biomedical, and public health systems that produce, allocate, distribute, and dispense the vaccine are worthy of a community’s trust.

The AAMC was awarded a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support building confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. As part of the Building Trust and Confidence Through Partnerships grant program, the AAMC Center for Health Justice is promoting stronger cross-sector collaboration between academic medical centers, their local public health departments, social service agencies, and local community-based organizations to support both near- and long-term responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goals of this grantmaking opportunity are to create and enhance effective partnerships, build trust and bidirectional communication, build vaccine confidence and trust within health care and local communities, and ultimately increase the number of individuals who receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Application Criteria

Primary applicants should be from an AAMC member institution and partner with a local or state health department, social service agency, or other local 501(c)(3) non-profit community-based institution. Successful joint applications will demonstrate a well-conceived partnership to support:

  • Developing patient- and community-engaged COVID-19-related projects to gather information crucial to developing effective local partnership and communication strategies to build trust and confidence.
  • Leveraging relationships with local community- and faith-based organizations to develop messaging that is relevant to communities that have been historically under-resourced and marginalized and that recognizes the varying socioeconomic needs and differing levels of trust in health systems and government.
    • Ensure these materials are at the appropriate reading level for broad audiences and available in multiple languages using processes beyond translation that include a cultural understanding of specific communities with limited English proficiency.
  • Locating testing and vaccine distribution within historically under-resourced and marginalized communities, ideally co-located with trusted community organizations.


Key Dates and Deadlines

Applications open July 9, 2021
Prerecorded informational webinar available July 16, 2021
Applications close August 16, 2021
Awardees notified September 20, 2021
Funding awarded After October 1, 2021
Anticipated award period November 1, 2021- October 31, 2022

Please direct all questions and inquiries to healthjustice@aamc.org with the subject line of “Building Trust and Confidence Through Partnerships Grant.”

Informational Webinar

This AAMC project is funded by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Improving Clinical and Public Health Outcomes through National Partnerships to Prevent and Control Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Disease Threats (Award # 1 NU50CK000586-01-00). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The information included does not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS, and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

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