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America’s Essential Hospitals Members Committed to COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

Essential hospitals have led the nation in promoting equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, especially for people who face barriers to care. They have promoted vaccination through mass vaccination sites, targeted community initiatives, and educational campaigns created with community partners.

Now, with the emergence of the delta variant and the resulting spike in hospitalizations, vaccination equity and access take on even greater urgency. The nearly 70 health systems listed below, representing 177 essential hospitals, have signed a pledge to fight racial and ethnic disparities in health care by ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

This pledge is just one part of a broader association initiative to combat structural racism.

Essential Hospitals Vaccine Equity Commitment

Members of America’s Essential Hospitals are trusted providers of high-quality health care for all and share a mission to promote equity and eliminate disparities in health and health care. Essential hospitals dedicate significant resources to programs and services outside their walls to improve the health of communities. The COVID-19 public health emergency has cast a harsh light on racial and ethnic disparities, as the pandemic has disproportionately impacted low-income communities. Making matters worse, these communities are underrepresented in terms of COVID-19 vaccination rates.

As an essential hospital responding to our nation’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, we commit to:

  • leverage trusted community partnerships to overcome social determinants of health (e.g., lack of transportation, language barriers, inflexible work schedules) that hinder access to vaccination;
  • target outreach toward geographic areas where racial, ethnic, or age subgroups have lower vaccination rates; and tailor outreach to specific populations, such as health system patients and individuals experiencing homelessness;
  • work proactively with our communities to promote equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines by recognizing the community’s distinctive needs; and
  • work with community providers and other stakeholders to offer vaccination in a variety of settings, including emergency departments, other outpatient settings, and mobile sites; and to offer flexible hours, when feasible.

Pledged Health Systems

Alameda Health System Henry Ford Health System Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Howard University Hospital St. Luke’s Health System
Atrium Health Hurley Medical Center Stamford Hospital
Augusta University Health JPS Health Network Stony Brook Medicine
Baystate Health Kern Medical Center SUNY Upstate Medical University
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Lee Health The MetroHealth System
Boston Medical Center Los Angeles County Department of Health Services The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Broadlawns Medical Center Medical University of South Carolina – University Hospital The University of Chicago Medicine
Cambridge Health Alliance MedStar Health Truman Medical Centers/University Health
Care New England Health System Nashville General Hospital at Meharry UMass Memorial Health Care
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center Natividad Medical Center University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
ChristianaCare Navicent Health University of California Health
Contra Costa Health Services Northern Arizona Healthcare University of Florida Health
Cook County Health NYC Health + Hospitals University of Missouri Health Care
DCH Health System Oregon Health & Science University Hospital UNM Health Sciences Center
East Alabama Medical Center Parkland Health & Hospital System USA Health
Einstein Healthcare Network Premier Health UT Health Northeast
Erie County Medical Center Riverside University Health System – Medical Center Valleywise Health
Grady Health System Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Ventura County Health Care Agency
Harris Health System Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System Virtua Health
Health Care District of Palm Beach County Signature Healthcare – Brockton Hospital Yuma Regional Medical Center
Hennepin Healthcare Sinai Health System Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center


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