Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative

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Eight regional affiliate foundations share honors for COVID-19 vaccination efforts

Oct. 15, 2021 — Eight regional affiliate foundations of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks will share a total of $60,000 in challenge grants for encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations in their respective counties.

Affiliates opted in on behalf of a single county to increase the percentage of residents ages 12 and up that have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. The CFO tracked data collected by the CDC for each county from July 26 to Sept. 20 to determine the winners.

The prizes are unrestricted grants, which the affiliate foundations can use for their own grantmaking to improve their communities. The CFO announced the winners of the Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative during its annual Affiliate Appreciation Conference on Oct. 7.


The Coover Regional Vaccination Initiative was supported by the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, managed by Commerce Trust Company. The CFO and the Coover Charitable Foundation have partnered since 2002 to award more than $7 million through grantmaking programs, particularly targeted to rural Missouri. The Coover Charitable Foundation is also a key contributor to the CFO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

“Congratulations to these affiliate foundations and the great communities that they represent,” said Jill Reynolds, senior vice president at Commerce Trust. “We applaud the leadership of the foundation board members to make their communities safer and take steps towards putting this pandemic behind us.”

Resources

Helpful tools and ideas to promote vaccinations in your community.

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The National Rural Health Association has a comprehensive set of resources to help community, faith, health care and agricultural leaders share information about COVID-19 vaccines.

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Download a news release template to complete and send to your local news outlets to share your foundation’s participation in the initiative.

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The State of Missouri’s Stronger Together site has resources for vaccinations in the state, as well as information about the MO VIP incentive program.

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has compiled a vaccine toolkit with information to use on flyers, graphics and other communications.

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The CDC has resources and guidance for hosting vaccine clinics at satellite, temporary or off-site locations.

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If your affiliate foundation uses social media, consider this idea: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina created a series of testimonials with its board members sharing the reasons why they got the vaccine.

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The Daily Yonder covers a rural success story for improving vaccinations in Kinston, North Carolina.

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This Q&A from the Atlantic discusses the reasons why some people may be unvaccinated without being “anti-vaxxers.”

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The findings of a focus group organized by the de Beaumont Foundation offer suggestions for discussion vaccines with conservative voters.

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Does your county have a sizable Hispanic population? Consider supporting the translation of vaccine promotional material, like the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta did for its community.

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The Public Health Communications Collaborative has six tips for schools to promote vaccinations.

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