The grant increases the center’s direct and digital outreach to encourage LGBTQ+ people in the Greater Lehigh Valley to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
ALLENTOWN, PA – Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is honored to be awarded a $45,000 grant today from the CDC Foundation to support COVID-19 health education and vaccine promotion for the region’s LGBTQ+ community. The center was one of more than 150 community-based organizations (CBOs) across the country, including eight in Pennsylvania, to receive funding from the CDC Foundation for this purpose. The grant greatly increases the center’s capacity to provide direct community outreach for the COVID-19 vaccine and expands upon support from Lehigh Valley Health Network for COVID-19 health promotion for the LGBTQ+ community.
“The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, essential, and are the best path for our entire community to move past the pandemic. So, we are so honored to be awarded this prestigious grant from the CDC Foundation to help keep our community safe from this dangerous virus,” said Adrian Shanker, executive director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
“Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has been a leader throughout the pandemic when it has come to providing education on the COVID-19 virus and the vaccine options available to our community,” said Dr. Kimberly Levitt, MPH, DHS, health programs and supportive services manager at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. “The LGBTQ+ community has proven it wants to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others, and we are proud to be a crucial resource for addressing any barriers and hesitancy.”
“As we continue to encourage all who are eligible to be vaccinated, the role of community-based organizations to help end the pandemic has never been more crucial,” said Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “That is why the federal government, the philanthropic community, the private sector and our public health system are working together to provide support for the ongoing efforts of CBOs to promote vaccination in their communities.”
About Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center (www.bradburysullivancenter.org)
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center provides arts, health, youth, and Pride programs to strengthen and support the LGBTQ+ community across Pennsylvania’s Greater Lehigh Valley.
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