This summer, NeighborHealth has had some exciting developments surrounding our COVID outreach. One that is particularly notable is a $255,750 grant from the Duke Endowment that was awarded in July! The grant funds will be used to support targeted community outreach, which will involve COVID-19 education, expansion of rapid testing, addressing COVID-19 hesitancy and administration, and providing COVID booster shots as recommended by state and federal authorities.
Over the next month, we will be working to expand our rapid COVID testing availability and develop a team to administer rapid testing using our Neighbor Health mobile clinic at Summit Church on Blue Ridge Road. Plans are to have testing available five days a week to meet the needs of the community. We are in the process of staffing a team to support this operation and working to get it up and running quickly. In the meantime, anyone needing a COVID test or vaccination may contact our office at 984-222-8000 for additional information.
In addition to providing testing, NeighborHealth is also working to respond to the vaccination needs in our community.
Our staff continue to prioritize addressing health disparities regarding access and knowledge of the COVID-19 vaccine and to engage in outreach within the community.
Simultaneously, we are also anticipating and preparing for another wave of vaccinations in response to the new booster recommendations. Also, as an increasing number of local government and private employers require vaccination as a condition of employment, the number of new vaccination patents is rising again.
The Board and Staff of NeighborHealth are extremely grateful to the Duke Endowment for their very generous support that will afford us the opportunity to further serve the community in addressing COVID-related needs. Please continue to check the NeighborHealth website for updates as we develop this program.
As we again ramp up our efforts to combat COVID, we are continuing to do what we have been doing for three years — provide excellent care to underserved and uninsured patients with a wide array of medical needs. It is by the grace of God and through the generosity of friends throughout the greater Raleigh area that we can provide these critical services. If you would like more information on our work and ways you can support it, please contact Susan Metts, Development Officer.
Do you need a COVID test or vaccine? Please call us for information — 984.222.8000.