PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

11/1/2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 110123-5
Subject:
Long Beach Health Department Awarded $150,000 to Address COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Adults
Contact:
Jennifer Rice Epstein
562.441.3590
Jennifer.RiceEpstein@longbeach.gov
Public Affairs Officer
Department of Health and Human Services




The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant of $150,000 by the National Association of County and City Officials (NACCHO) for the Partnering for Vaccine Equity (PAVE) project.  

The PAVE project aims to increase vaccination uptake and address disparities in influenza and COVID-19 coverage among racial and ethnic minority adults. From now until Nov. 6, the Health Department will be collecting data through community focus groups and an online Community Assessment Questionnaire. The survey, which is available in English, Spanish, Tagalog and Khmer, will provide the Health Department with insight into Long Beach residents’ thoughts, beliefs and barriers surrounding COVID-19 and influenza vaccination. The online Community Assessment Questionnaire is completely anonymous and takes approximately five minutes to complete. The survey is open to all community members and is available in multiple languages.  

Over the next year, the Health Department will collaborate with Community Based Organizations to develop strategies that strengthen COVID-19 and influenza vaccine uptake. During this time, the Health Department has plans to enhance coordination of adult immunization services, such as improving timely and accurate vaccine administration and communication of vaccine recommendations, continue mobile vaccination services in hard-to-reach communities, enhance vaccine-related communications, and create an immunization coalition involving healthcare providers in the City.  

The Health Department is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all community members through the promotion of health and disease prevention, the provision of quality health services and the protection of the public's health. 

For more information on the Community Assessment Questionnaire, please visit: longbeach.gov/vaccinesurvey. People are also encouraged to follow @LBHealthDept on Facebook, Instagram and X (formerly Twitter).

Media inquiries may be directed to Jennifer Rice Epstein at 562.441.3590 or Jennifer.RiceEpstein@longbeach.gov.