Winchester completes Health Equity Pilot Program
Over the past two months, the City of Winchester has participated in the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s new Health Equity Pilot Program. The program provided staff training, personal protective equipment (PPE) and public health information for distribution in underserved and vulnerable areas in Winchester, especially in areas in need and at risk of contracting COVID-19.
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to distribute these much needed materials throughout the city,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Kensinger in a news release. “It took a lot of staff hours to bag and deliver the materials, but it’s worth it as we hope the effort helps to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our area.”
Gov. Northam announced the formation of the Health Equity Pilot Program on May 11. The Health Equity Task Force used a data-driven approach to identify communities across the state that would benefit from receiving the materials. Eligible communities were identified using indicators such as chronic diseases, household income, age, disability status, and other important health factors. More than 40 localities, including Winchester, were selected for the pilot program.
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