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Washtenaw County Taking Steps To Inform Underserved Communities About COVID-19 Vaccine

Washtenaw County Health Department

The Washtenaw County Health Department plans to work with its community partners to motivate county residents, who often won’t seek medical attention, to get vaccinated for COVID-19.  

Among those groups and areas are the general immigrant population, residents of Ypsilanti’s south side, and Whitmore Lake.  Charles Wilson is the community health promotion supervisor for the county and says they will use an existing group called Community Voices that the county formed in 2017 to help reach underserved communities who don’t always use the internet to learn about local resources. 

Charles Wilson: This group comprises of folks who are really concerned about the health issues in their communities or in their groups. And so, we meet monthly.

Wilson says the county plans to educate their Community Voices representatives about the COVID-19 vaccine, so they can then go into their communities and pass along the information to residents who may be skeptical about getting vaccinated.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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