Key Takeaways

While lifesaving vaccines are available, research shows COVID vaccine uptake has slowed among older adults. To help promote COVID and flu vaccinations, NCOA received $50 million in federal funding from the U.S. Administration for Community Living to enlist its national network of senior centers and community-based organizations. The goal: Make it as easy as possible for older adults and people with disabilities to get their shots and protect their health.

"The grantees serve diverse racial and ethnic populations in both metropolitan and rural areas, helping us ensure that no one is left behind," said NCOA President and CEO Ramsey Alwin in a Jan. 26 press release

The community-based organizations helping older adults get vaccinated

The following community-based organizations have received grants to focus on specific hard-to-reach populations:

Community-based organization Location Tier*
Senior Citizens Services, Inc. dba Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center AL 1
Southern Alabama AHEC AL 2
Banner Health Foundation AZ 1
Abrazar, Inc. CA 1
Alma Family Services CA 1
Bay Area Community Health CA 1
Chinatown Service Center CA 2
Dolores Huerta Foundation CA 2
El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center (El Sol) CA 2
Family and Child Empowerment Services - San Francisco (FACES - SF) CA 1
FIRM, Inc (Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries) CA 1
Healy Senior Center CA 1
Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley CA 1
Los Angeles LGBT Center CA 1
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula CA 1
Meals on Wheels, Greater San Diego, Inc., dba Meals on Wheels San Diego County CA 1
Mercy Health CA 1
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation CA 2
One in Long Beach, Inc., dba The LGBTQ Center Long Beach CA 1
ONEgeneration CA 1
San Ysidro Health CA 2
Senior Coastsiders, Inc. CA 1
St. Barnabas Senior Center of Los Angeles CA 1
United American Indian Involvement, Inc. CA 2
Vision y Compromiso CA 1
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles CA 1
Arapahoe County Public Health CO 1
Immunize Colorado CO 1
Jefferson Center for Mental Health CO 1
La Raza Services, Inc. dba Servicios de La Raza CO 2
Nine Health Services, dba 365 Health CO 2
Baldwin Senior Center - Town of Stratford CT CT 1
East Shore District Health Dept. CT 1
Town of Newington Senior and Disabled Center CT 1
ASPIRA Association, Inc. DC 2
Capitol Hill Village DC 1
National Alliance for Hispanic Health DC 2
Vida Senior Centers DC 1
Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention FL 1
Metropolitan Charities, Inc., dba Metro Inclusive Health (METRO) FL 1
National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Central Florida FL 2
Osceola Council on Aging FL 1
Senior Friendship Centers FL 1
Tampa General Hospital and GRACE Community Medical Center FL 1
Chromatic Black Collective Inc. GA 2
Project Vision Hawaii HI 2
Horizons, A Famiily Service Alliance IA 1
Alivio Medical Center IL 1
Asian Health Coalition IL 1
Family Christian Health Center IL 1
Franklin County Senior Services IL 1
Latino Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Alliance IL 1
Lifescape Community Services IL 1
Pathlights IL 1
Butler County Department on Aging KS 1
Thrive Allen County KS 2
Cenla Community Action Committee, Inc. LA 1
Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center LA 1
St. Martin Council on Aging LA 1
St. Vincent De Paul Archdiocesan Council of New Orleans LA 1
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission MA 1
City of Fitchburg Health Department MA 1
Community Health Connections Inc. MA  1
Council on Aging and Senior Center, Lawrence, MA MA 1
Salem Health Department MA 1
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Inc. MA 1
Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, Inc. (CCACC) MD 1
Easterseals DC MD VA MD 1
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. MD 2
Little Falls Village INC MD 1
Rockville Senior Center MD 1
Maine Health d/b/a Mid Coast Hospital ME 1
Gay Elders of Metro Detroit aka Michigan MI 1
Henry Ford Health/Greenfield Health Systems MI 1
Regents of the University of Michigan - Community Health Services MI 1
Duluth Aging Support MN 1
City of Independence Health and Animal Services MO 1
Clay County Public Health Center MO 1
Heart of America Indian Center d/ba/ Kansas City Indian Center MO 1
Kansas City Shepherds Center MO 1
Mattie Rhodes Center MO 1
The Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri MO 1
The Kansas City Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry MO 1
Village to Village Network MO 1
St. John's Lutheran Ministries dba St. John's United MT 1
Appalachian State University NC 2
East Carolina University NC 1
Macon County Senior Services NC 1
New Life Connection NC 1
The Life Center of Davidson County NC 1
Wilson County Senior Activity Center NC 1
WNC Health Network NC 2
Community Action Partnership of Strafford County NH 1
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton NJ 1
Catholic Family & Community Services NJ 2
Hamilton Township Division of Health NJ 1
HOPES Community Action Partnership Inc. NJ 1
Iris House A Center for Women Living with HIV, Inc. NJ 1
Princeton Senior Resources Center NJ 1
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey NJ 2
City of Albuquerque NM 1
Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada NV 2
Immunize Nevada NV 2
Nathan Adelson Hospice NV 2
Nevada Senior Services Inc NV 1
Catholic Charities of Long Island NY 1
Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse NY (dba Catholic Charities of Ononda... NY 1
Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) NY 1
Council of People's Organization, Inc. NY 1
Find Aid for the Aged, Inc. d.b.a. Project FIND NY 1
Fund for Public Health in New York City NY 2
India Home NY 1
Lifespan of Greater Rochester NY 1
Mill Neck Services NY 1
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation NY 2
Public Health Solutions NY 2
SAGE, Adovocacy and Services for LGBTQ Elders NY 1
Sunnyside Community Services Inc. NY 1
Sunset Park Health Council, Inc dba Family Health Centers at NYU Langone NY 1
The Center for Popular Democracy NY 2
Asian Services in Action, Inc. OH 2
Community Action Committee of Pike County OH 1
Famicos Foundation OH 1
O'Neill Senior Center, Inc. OH 1
AGE+US dba AGE+ OR 2
Catholic Charities of Oregon OR 1
Community for Positive Aging (CFPA) OR 1
One Community Health OR 2
Caring People Alliance PA 1
Jewish Family and Children's Services of Greater Philadelphia PA 1
LECOM Senior Living Center PA 2
Mazzoni Center PA 1
Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association PA 2
Senior Adult Activities Center of Montgomery County (Montco SAAC) PA 1
Thomas Jefferson University PA 1
Young Men and Women's Hebrew Association & Irene Kaufmann Center PA 1
Center for Southeast Asians RI 1
Clemson University SC 2
Senior Solutions SC 1
South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships SC 2
Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee Office on Aging TN 1
Senior Citizens, Inc. dba FiftyForward TN 1
Tennessee Justice Center TN 1
The Nashville Food Project TN 1
Asian American Health Coalition of the Greater Houston Area dba HOPE TX 1
Brownwood-Brown County Health Department TX 1
Dallas County, a political subdivision of the state of Texas, on behalf of Dallas County Health & Human Services TX 1
Lower Rio Grande Valley Community Health Management Corporation, Inc. dba El Milagro Clinic TX 1
Madonna Center, Inc. TX 1
Proyecto Juan Diego Inc TX 1
Silver Sage TX 1
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio TX 1
The Visiting Nurse Association of Texas (VNA) TX 1
Young Women's Christian Association of San Antonio TX 1
Summit County Health Department UT 1
Alexandria Health Department VA 1
Boat People SOS VA 2
Indian American Community Services (IACS) WA 1
International Community Health Services  WA 1
Korean Women's Association WA 1
Mercy Housing Northwest WA 1
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging WA 2
Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington WA 2
Public Health Seattle & King County WA 1
Sound Generations WA 1
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department WA 1
City of Sheboygan - Senior Services WI 1
Hmong American Friendship Association WI 1
Indianhead Community Action Agency WI 2
N.E.W. Community Clinic WI 1
Oneida County Health Department WI 1
Pointters Community Initiatives WI 1
Rebalanced Life Wellness Association WI 1
West Allis Senior Center WI 1
McDowell County Commission on Aging WV 1

*Tier 1 Awards, also known as Community Action Grants, will support specific county, city, or other jurisdictional locales for a targeted approach to vaccination efforts.

Tier 2 Awards, also known as Regional Collaborative Grants, will support statewide/territory coverage, regional (e.g., multiple counties), or across state lines.

Vaccine success story ahead: Alma Family Services

“Thank you for this program...,” said Maria Aria, 69. "It’s great, because it motivates us to come.” 

Ms. Aria is among the first beneficiaries of NCOA’s Vaccine Uptake Initiative. Along with dozens of others, she attended an event organized by Alma Family Services in East LA on Feb. 24 and reports that her shot “didn’t hurt!”

"We are greatful for the dedicated Alma staff and volunteers, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the National Council on Aging for the amazing support to our first East LA COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic of 2023," the organization said in Feb. 27 post on Facebook. "We look forward to continue this partnership towards connecting individuals of all ages to tangible preventive resources."

This COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Uptake Initiative for Older Adults and People with Disabilities Notice of Funding Opportunity (HHS-2023-ACL-AOA-HDRC-0043) is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $50 million with 100% funding by ACL/HHS. The content is that of the author(s) and does not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. government.