by Mufid Majnun

With the support of Kaiser Permanente, the National Association for Latino Elected Officials (NAELO) Educational Fund announced on Wednesday a total of $500,000 in grants for organizations in Southern California to promote COVID-19 vaccinations among Black and Latino youth. 

According to organizers, The Juntos Podemos (Together we can) campaign is designed to combat the spread of  misinformation and boost vaccination rates. 

Southern Californian organizations were invited to submit proposals outlining their project plans related to vaccination outreach efforts. Organizations chosen to receive funding were selected based on their strong relationships with the communities NALEO Educational Fund is working to reach.

According to organizers, the Organizations to receive funding are the Chula Vista Community Collaborative, San Diego County; California Black Women's Health Project, Los Angeles County; Legacy LA; and Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development.

“Data show that Latino and African-American youth vaccination rates continue to lag behind other communities and age groups," said Arturo Vargas, CEO of the NALEO Educational Fund. “Our strategic partnership with Kaiser Permanente helps us empower young people of color to make more informed choices when it comes to their health and combat the spread of vaccine misinformation."


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