Chippewa Valley Free Clinic Awarded Vaccination Grant
The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic has been awarded funding of nearly $20,000 through the Improving Routine Adult Uptake Through Community Outreach Grant Program. Funding for this grant program is provided from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), through the Immunization Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This program seeks to educate adults in our community on the need for updating routine vaccines. empower communities to overcome barriers and promote uptake of routine vaccinations.
Vaccinations are a critical tool in preventing and mitigating the spread of diseases within the community. As a result of the funding, the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic has hired Sidney Dickinson, a nursing student from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, as a limited-term intern to assist with outreach materials and information sessions on the importance of routine vaccinations. Educational sessions and printed materials will be provided in both English and Spanish, with outreach specifically aimed at the growing Hispanic population. Available vaccinations may include Influenza, HPV, MMR, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, Twin Rix (Hepatitis A & B), and Tdap.
The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic will collaborate on community outreach with the Eau Claire County/City Health Department, the UWEC Nursing Department, Feed My People Food Bank, and UW-Extension-Agriculture Agent.