Stamford Health Receives Grant to Fund Expansion of Vaccine Equity 'No Barriers' Program

Stamford Health recently received a grant from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to fund the expansion of its ‘No Barriers’ Vaccination Equity Program, which began in mid-January. Stamford Health partnered with the City of Stamford and local community organizations to launch ‘No Barriers’, which reserves dedicated COVID-19 vaccination blocks for socially vulnerable groups. 

“This grant will allow us to continue the important work of growing vaccination efforts in our community with a focus on equitable distribution,” stated Kathleen Silard, President and CEO of Stamford Health. “Thank you to the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation and to our many ‘No Barriers’ Program partners for helping the communities we are so proud to serve receive these life-saving vaccines.”

This newly funded expansion of the ‘No Barriers’ Program will focus on a ‘door to door’ approach to increase vaccination efforts and reduce vaccine hesitancy in the communities hit the hardest by COVID-19. The goal of this in-person approach is to dispel misinformation, further educate the community about the benefits of vaccination, and connect people to a vaccine clinic. These efforts are anticipated to begin as early as this week.

“The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is very proud to support Stamford Health in their expansive COVID-19 vaccination efforts,” stated Alex Cohen, President, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. “We are hopeful that this grant will expand the “No Barriers” program and help reduce COVID-19 cases in our community.”

Stamford Health’s vaccination efforts have been increasing rapidly with the recent vaccine ‘super site’ opening in Stamford’s Harbor Point area. To date, Stamford Health has administered over 117,000 vaccinations to the community with an additional 15,000+ appointments scheduled in the weeks ahead. As vaccine volumes increase, Stamford Health and its community partners will expand their equity efforts by going door to door in priority communities, an effort made possible by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation.

About Stamford Health:

Stamford Health is a non-profit independent healthcare system with more than 3,600 employees committed to caring for the community through a wide range of high-quality health and wellness services. Patients and their families receive expert, compassionate care through the system’s 305-bed Stamford Hospital; Stamford Health Medical Group, with more than 40 offices in lower Fairfield County offering primary and specialty care; a growing number of ambulatory locations across the region; and support through the Stamford Hospital Foundation.

Stamford Health is known for its comprehensive, person/centered care through its many recognitions and partnerships. Stamford Hospital is the only hospital in Fairfield County, CT to receive a grade of A from The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization for protecting patient safety. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Stamford Hospital as a High Performing Hospital. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has granted Stamford Hospital Magnet Status, which recognizes superior patient care with the highest level of safety, quality and patient satisfaction. Stamford Hospital is a Planetree Gold-Certified Person-Centered Hospital of Distinction, and one of only seven in the world to attain that distinction.

Stamford Health is also a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Stamford Health and Hospital for Special Surgery have created a premier center for specialty orthopedic care right in Stamford, CT. Additionally, Stamford Health’s Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center recently announced an expanded collaboration with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.

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About the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation:

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is committed to inspiring philanthropy and community service. We do this by creating awareness, offering guidance, and leading by example to show the world what giving can do. Our grants support public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in the United States that either help people in need or solve complex problems. We also spearhead grassroots campaigns to encourage others to give.