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Morehouse School of Medicine, in partnership with ASHLIN Management Group and Meharry Medical College, Receives Nearly $9.7 Million Grant to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

HealthWorks program aims to increase COVID-19 vaccine rates through targeted, culturally competent outreach efforts in Georgia and Tennessee.

(Atlanta) – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), in partnership with ASHLIN and Meharry Medical College, has received a nearly $9.7 million grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create HealthWorks, a program to increase vaccine confidence in Georgia and Tennessee through targeted, culturally competent and outreach education, with a focus on communities of color.

ASHLIN will mobilize small businesses to help contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in communities of color while building a consortium of Small Business Ambassadors to help strengthen vaccine confidence, provide vaccine information and improve vaccination rates in Georgia and Tennessee.

With a body of work that spans over 25 years, ASHLIN is a leader in providing digital solutions and professional services to the public and private sectors. The ASHLIN Team has a long track record working with public health practitioners and small businesses. In 2013 in collaboration with the CDC, ASHLIN created the Work@Health® program, helping small and mid-sized businesses design and implement comprehensive wellness programs. In February 2021, ASHLIN collaborated with the CDC Foundation and hosted a panel for over 200 small businesses to disseminate information to help overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

“As an alumnus of Morehouse College, I am happy to partner with the Morehouse School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College to provide communities and small businesses with the information and tools to protect themselves and their employees through this trying period,” said Samuel Botts, ASHLIN’s COO.

ASHLIN was founded in 1996 by CEO and owner Linda Botts, who remains committed to the company’s core principles of creating appropriate, culturally conscious solutions using data and technology to aid clients and serve the public sector.