FRI’s community research site, Friends Community Center located in Hollywood, CA, was recently awarded the “Reducing Inequities in Priority Populations” grant funded through a partnership between Together Toward Health and Public Health Institute. Funding awarding aims to identify community-based organizations who provide services to populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and Mpox. The project aims to serve hard-to-reach and historically underserved populations across Los Angeles County, specifically LGBTQ+ populations.
This project will focus on culturally appropriate outreach and engagement with LGBTQ+ individuals to increase good health outcomes surrounding COVID-19 and Mpox prevention and vaccination uptake. Direct service work with the communities will enable project staff to have two-way conversations to ensure personalized discussions, active listening, and wrap-around services to alleviate barriers to COVID-19 and Mpox vaccination.