The city is getting $4 million federal grant to improve health literacy and increase vaccination rates.
“Despite the progress we’ve made, COVID-19 remains a dire threat to our health and safety. Federal awards like this will help our communities protect themselves and I am proud to have played a part in securing it for Paterson,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell on Tuesday. “I helped pass the massive American Rescue Plan so we could get ahead of this virus and keep Americans safe. I’m very glad to see President Biden is committed to the same goal. With his administration’s investment in communities like Paterson, I know we will defeat this virus once and for all. This is tremendous news for our city.”
The Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 grant is part of president Joe Biden Administration’s efforts to encourage COVID-19 safety and get people in underserved areas vaccinated.
“This federal grant will help us vaccinate even more residents and be prepared for a future crisis,” mayor Andre Sayegh said. “We are profoundly grateful to Congressman Bill Pascrell for his leadership and advocacy in Washington.”
The grant funding is coming from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH). It is aimed at reaching racial, ethnic minority, rural, and other vulnerable populations by working with community-based organizations. Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 initiative is expected to fund 30 projects in urban areas and 43 in rural communities for two years.