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)

Alice Hodges

Executive Director

Meg's House

Britney Mazyck

Operations Manager

Community Initiatives, Inc.

Brooke Robertson

Graphic Designer | Developer

Neue South Collective

Carl Humphries


HopeHealth Inc

Dale Douthat

President & CEO

United Way of the Lowcountry

Debbie Nelson

President and Founder

DNA Creative Communications

Donald Supplee


United Way of Kershaw County

Heather Witt

Vice President of Community Impact

United Way of the Piedmont

Jervelle Fort

Health Educator


Julie M Capaldi


United Way of Pickens County

Langley Shealy

Steering Committee

SC Grantmakers Network

LaShauna Harrison

Chief Executive Officer

United Way of Oconee County

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

Mandy Black

Executive Director

Little Steps

Mary Dell Hayes

Principal Consultant

Together SC

Naomi Lett

President / CEO

United Way Association of SC

Renee Linyard-Gary

Director of Health

Trident United Way

Stig Rasmussen

Operations & HR Manager

Fact Forward

Teresa Goodman

Executive Director

Community Initiatives, Inc.

Tish McCutchen


Jolley Foundation

Venolia Jordan

Board chairperson

King's Court

Yolanda McCray

President & CEO

Black River United Way

50 Other Registered Attendees

For More Information:

Naomi Lett

Naomi Lett

President / CEO, United Way Association of SC