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Funding Available for PA Community Coalition Capacity Building

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is excited to announce a funding opportunity for communities to increase their ability to identify and address local problems (e.g., substance misuse, school dropout, delinquency and violence among youth) using evidence-based approaches. Nonprofit organizations and units of local government will be eligible to apply for this up-to $150,000 planning grant, with the project period taking place over a 21-month development phase...

Surgeon Fills COVID-19 Testing Gap in Philadelphia's Black Neighborhoods []

By Mary Chris Jaklevic, JAMA, December 16, 2020 As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) surged last spring, pediatric surgeon Ala Stanford, MD, heard from Black residents in her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who had symptoms but were hitting roadblocks in getting tested. Some lacked a physician’s referral. Others were turned away because they didn’t arrive in a car or didn’t meet criteria for testing. Testing sites were clustered in affluent White areas. Black residents, who were...

Building trust in the COVID vaccine—one community’s experience in Pittsburgh, PA

Father Paul Abernathy speaking to SRQ Strong in Sarasota County, FL in February 2020 “There's been too much that's too unjust for too long—this vaccine gives us an opportunity to begin to have those conversations on a more serious level,” said Father Paul Abernathy in an interview for NPR 's On the Media. As the first COVID vaccine is administered in the U.S. on December 15, questions remain who will be vaccinated after healthcare workers and the elderly in living in congregate settings.

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