Federal money to be used for COVID-19 outreach

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-The City of Albuquerque along with other health organizations like UNMH and Project Echo are now working with local groups to use nearly $4 million federal grant to promote COVID-19 health literacy in minority communities.

"The vaccine might not be the top issue in their priorities but when they’re interacting with some of these really great community based organization to get other needs met, these trusted messengers can help them to also see the benefit of getting the vaccine," said CABQ Office of Equity and Inclusion, Michelle Melendez.

According to recent health statics in Albuquerque, Native, black and Hispanic communities have been especially hit hard by COVID-19. Melendez said there are reasons vaccine hesitancy may exist in those communities.

"Some people have had bad experience, either in their own experience or that of the ancestors, and so we just don’t brush that aside. We really honor and recognize those are potentially bad barriers."