Good work is going on around the country with regard to supporting vaccinations in diverse communities, including exceptional efforts right here in Dane County. Dr. Patricia Téllez-Girón and the Latino Health Council have done an outstanding job leading the charge for vaccinating their community against COVID-19.
Currently, 60.4% of Latinx in Dane County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (compared to 64.7% of non-Hispanic white) and, even more impressive, 81.5% of Latinx over 18 have received one dose of the vaccine (compared to 74.6% of non-Hispanic White).
Dr. Téllez-Girón is a primary care provider at UW Health and an associate professor of family medicine in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. She is also the co-chair of the Latino Health Council (LHC) and spearheaded local Latinx vaccination efforts in partnership with groups including Centro Hispano, Latino Academy for Workforce Development, Latino Chamber of Commerce, Latino Children & Families Council, UNIDOS and Public Health Madison & Dane County.
Téllez-Girón aligned this group to spread the word about vaccinations in the community, at the grassroots level, on social media and over the airwaves. CCHE was proud to highlight the efforts of community influencers lending to these efforts via the ‘Leveraging Social Networks: The Role of Community Influencers’ talk in April 2021.
UW Health Diversity & Interpreter Services Department has also played a key role assisting people referred by partner organizations to schedule their vaccine appointments at the Wingra Family Medical Center vaccine clinic. Wingra is a known and trusted community health site and neighbor.
LHC has developed numerous animated PSAs in collaboration with UW medical students and also created a telenovela style radio PSA. These resources are all posted on the Consejo Latino para la Salud Facebook page. See similar national efforts via colleagues at Stanford.
Thank you Dr. Téllez-Girón, Ms. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, and all local experts and organizations collaborating on health equity work to keep communities safe!