issue Summer 2022

Care Coach Rolls to Accept AAMC Honor

Efforts by RFU’s Community Care Connection to provide health services and expand COVID-19 vaccination outreach to underserved communities received a third-prize honor in the 2022 Innovations That Bolster Community Trust in Science Awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The Community Care Connection’s entry, titled “A Pivot to Reduce COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Improve Health Equity,” was submitted by Judith A. Potashkin, PhD, who highlighted the work of Martin Yorath, DPM, and Lupe Rodriguez, APN, both of whom provided leadership on COVID mitigation programs throughout the pandemic.

According to the AAMC, this year’s ninth annual Innovations award program — which saw the highest number of applicants in the program’s history — was focused on “pioneering approaches to bolstering community trust and engagement in scientific developments that promote human health.”

The Community Care Connection’s Care Coach has provided thousands of COVID-19 tests and vaccinations for hard-to-reach populations by circulating among 30 sites during the pandemic, including village halls, senior centers and homeless shelters.