COVID-19: Strategies to Increase Vaccination Rates Among African Americans

SC's Black leaders and others share ways to increase vaccination rates

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
Zoom - Register for Link
Category: Learning Together

Join us for a conversation to learn how African-American community leaders from across the state are increasing vaccination rates in communities of color and build connection and partnerships with African-American led vaccine efforts.

Hear about strategies, partnerships, and community efforts that are working to increase vaccination rates in the African American community by addressing barriers to access, building community trust, and increasing knowledge about the vaccine.

Gain insight on community challenges, messaging, communication and engagement strategies, as well as partnership and collaboration opportunities with African-American led vaccine work across South Carolina.

Hear from grassroots and statewide leaders, sharing examples of partnerships with hospital systems and community health organizations, on efforts they are undertaking to increase knowledge, trust, and access to the COVID-19 Vaccine.


  • Naomi Lett, United Way Association of SC
  • Chris Steed, SC Grantmakers Network & Fullerton Foundation

Panel Participants:


 Additional Host Organizations

Attendees (72)

Mandy Black

Executive Director

Little Steps

Julie M Capaldi


United Way of Pickens County

Dale Douthat

President & CEO

United Way of the Lowcountry

Jervelle Fort

Health Educator


Teresa Goodman

Executive Director

Community Initiatives, Inc.

LaShauna Harrison

Chief Executive Officer

United Way of Oconee County

Mary Dell Hayes

Principal Consultant

Together SC

Alice Hodges

Executive Director

Meg's House

Carl Humphries


HopeHealth Inc

Venolia Jordan

Board chairperson

King's Court

Naomi Lett

President / CEO

United Way Association of SC

Renee Linyard-Gary

Director of Health

Trident United Way

Britney Mazyck

Operations Manager

Community Initiatives, Inc.

Yolanda McCray

President & CEO

Black River United Way

Tish McCutchen


Jolley Foundation

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder

DNA Creative Communications

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

Stig Rasmussen

Compliance Manager

Fact Forward

Brooke Robertson

Director of Marketing & Communications

Neue South Collective

Langley Shealy

Steering Committee

SC Grantmakers Network

Donald Supplee


United Way of Kershaw County

Heather Witt

Executive Director

United Way of the Piedmont

50 Other Registered Attendees

For More Information:

Naomi Lett

Naomi Lett

President / CEO