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Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Program

Program Summary

The Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Program supports vaccine outreach in rural communities. These efforts include the following:

  • Helping to increase vaccine confidence and uptake;
  • Improving health care in rural areas;
  • Reinforcing basic messages about prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases;
  • Accessing vaccinations;
  • Education and outreach efforts around vaccine benefits and safety;
  • Vaccine promotion;
  • Providing information to rural residents about how and where to get vaccinated; and
  • Coordinating with existing vaccination sites and public health partners to identify isolated and/or vaccine hesitant populations.

The RHCVC Program is a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) initiative to improve vaccine confidence and counter vaccine hesitancy in rural communities where COVID-19 vaccine uptake lags in comparison to more populated areas.

The program will address health equity gaps by offering support and resources to medically underserved rural communities.

Program Details

Over 1,980 CMS-certified RHCs applied for grants through the RHCVC Program. HRSA made grant awards to RHC organizations based on the number of certified clinic sites they operate, providing approximately $49,500 per clinic site.

See the total funding by state

Application Information:

Webinars

First Quarter Review Regional Calls

First quarter review regional calls will take place in October 2021 via Zoom. RHCVC Program Project Directors received Zoom registration links via email. Contact RHCVaxConfidence@hrsa.gov if you need a new registration link, or need to participate in an alternate region call.

Region Date and Time Grantee State
Region 1 Thursday, October 21, 11 a.m. ET. ME, MA, MD, NH, NY, PA, VT, VA, WV
Region 2 Friday, October 22, 2 p.m. ET. IL, IN, IA, KS, MO
Region 3 Monday, October 25, 11 a.m. ET. AL, FL, GA, NC, SC
Region 4 Monday, October 25, 3 p.m. ET. TX, LA
Region 5 Tuesday, October 26, 12 p.m. ET. KY, MS, TN
Region 6 Tuesday, October 26, 4 p.m. ET. AZ, AR, CA, HI, NV, NM, OK
Region 7 Thursday, October 28, 3 p.m. ET. CO, ID, MT, ND, OR, SD, WA, WY
Region 8 Friday, October 29, 2 p.m. ET. MI, MN, NE, OH, WI

HRSA Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence Kick-Off Webinar

RHCVC Program Kick Off Webinar Recording HRSA Exit Disclaimer

HRSA Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence Technical Assistance Webinar

RHCVC Program Technical Assistance Webinar Recording HRSA Exit Disclaimer

RHCVC Program Technical Assistance Webinar Slides (PDF - 1.4 MB)

Please contact RHCVaxConfidence@hrsa.gov for additional information.

Grants.gov Applicant Overview Technical Assistance Webinar

RHCVC Program Grants.gov Applicant Overview Webinar Recording HRSA Exit Disclaimer

RHCVC Program Grants.gov Applicant Overview Webinar Slides (PDF - 5 MB)*

Please contact support@grants.gov or 1-800-518-4726 for additional Grants.gov questions.

More Information

Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Between Urban and Rural Counties – United States, December 14, 2020 – April 10, 2021 (CDC/MMWR, May 2021)

Vaccine Hesitancy for COVID-19: State, County, and Local Estimates (HHS/ASPE March 2021)

HHS-Funded COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach

COVID-19 Public Education Campaign

We Can Do This, Rural Community Toolkit

Vaccinate with Confidence

NIH’s Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)

RHIhub, COVID-19 Vaccination in Rural Areas HRSA Exit Disclaimer

Contact

If you have questions or concerns regarding this program, please email RHCVaxConfidence@hrsa.gov.

Subscribe to RHC Vaccine Confidence Program Listserv for HRSA RHCVC Program updates.

*Persons using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, please email Lisa Chechile or call 301-443-0835.

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2021