Covid Literacy Champions

What are Covid Literacy Champions (CLCs)?

  • CLCs are community volunteers who help their friends and neighbors ACHIEVE “COVID-19 Literacy.”
  • CLCs usually work in teams of two as co-CLCs. *One of pair must have some kind of formal health background.
  • CLCs schedule and conduct COVID-19 Literacy Discussions in their communities.
  • CLCs follow the COVID-19 Literacy Discussion Plan to conduct discussions.

*Health background may come from being a nurse, medical or health care social worker, physician, medical researcher, or health science instructor.

What is the COVID-19 Literacy outreach program?

COVID-19 Literacy is a program of outreach to help community members achieve “COVID-19 literacy” by learning the “3 S’s” science, safety, and significance of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Science: How do vaccines work, especially the newer COVID-19 mRNA vaccines?
  • Safety: How do scientists know COVID-19 vaccines are safe?
  • Significance: How will COVID-19 vaccines help communities manage our future living with COVID-19?

Community members attend a COVID-19 Literacy Discussion Session. They share in reading out loud and discussing a story called Take Your Best Shot.

COVID-19 Literacy is a non-judgmental and safe place to learn and ask questions. While the safety and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine are discussed, community members are not pressured to get a vaccine.

What do CLCs do in the Covid Literacy program?

  1. Schedule and invite people to COVID-19 Literacy Discussions.
  2. Conduct COVID-19 Literacy Discussions following the COVID-19 Literacy Discussion Plan.
  3. Complete the COVID-19 Literacy Discussion Log after each session and submit to WE4H staff.

What are characteristics of CLCs?

Are you?

  • Passionate about health in community and COVID-19 vaccination?
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19?
  • Able to organize meetings and manage time?
  • Able to listen to people’s COVID-19 vaccine fears and misconceptions with compassion and patience?
  • Able to create an environment where everyone is comfortable sharing their ideas?
  • Have time to work with a co-CLC to schedule and facilitate discussions?
  • Able to connect with many people to invite to discussions?

What are the benefits of being a CLC?

  • Get to know your neighbors even better.
  • Gain skills to facilitate discussions.
  • Contribute to your community’s knowledge of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Help your community members feel more comfortable considering getting COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Receive personal incentives for your effort.

How do I become a CLC?

To become a CLC, you will complete a 2-hour training and demonstrate a basic knowledge of how COVID-19 vaccines work and their importance for individuals and communities in a post-training quiz. You will receive $30 for attending.

If you’d like to become a CLC, submit the contact form below, and we will notify you about the next training opportunity. Both online and in-person training is available.

Take Your Best Shot Story

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