Shelby County, Tennessee serves a region with 937,166 residents. It is home to Memphis, TN, the second largest city in the state and home to the 10th largest African American population in the United States, and is more vulnerable to Covid-19 than 99% of US Counties. Recent data demonstrates Black and Latinx communities are over-represented in Covid-19 cases and deaths relative to white residents and recent data demonstrate alarming vaccination trends. This project adopts a health in all spaces approach that seeks to transform our regions academic, community, and small businesses into critical spaces in our regional response to Covid-19. Our partnership expands our agencies existing community footprint and programs by adding the technical expertise and community partnerships located within our collaborating partners to accomplish the following four (4) measurable objectives:1.Convene and support academic and community partners to expand our region?s health workforce trained in culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) and the teach-back method (TBM); 2.Expand our community health workforce by supporting the training and compensation of a cohort of Community Health Workers (CHW) and Community Health Ambassadors (CHA) to be deployed in areas of high social vulnerability to Covid-19;3.Utilize existing partnerships to expand capacity and increase Covid-19 vaccination rates, with documentation within an information system, in zip codes of high social vulnerability; and4.Increase our long-term community health workforce by supporting evidence-based training and service-learning opportunities within this project and the larger efforts of the Shelby County Division of Community Services for students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and other colleges.Our anticipated outcomes are to reduce the overall disparities of Covid-19 cases, fatalities and vaccination within our county?s most socially vulnerable zip codes and expand the n
umber of healthcare and community health professionals in our region with the expertise and experience to build long-term health equity infrastructure.