Rural Health partners with local organizations to battle COVID-19

Published 9:08 am Sunday, January 30, 2022

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Rural Health Medical Program Inc. partnered with three organizations in a  battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rural Health, in partnership with the Nursing Program at Wallace Community College, The Selma Chapter of Links Incorporated, and Partners in Health collaborated to give 200 vaccines at a Pop-up Vaccination Clinic at WCCS Gymnasium on  Wednesday. It was only for the Moderna vaccine.

Rural Health Medical Program in partnership with Partners in Health will be recipients of a $2.1 Million grant from CDC in partnership with the Department of Public Health to implement a Community Health Worker Program.

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The program will increase access to COVID19 education, vaccines and testing across three black belt counties: Dallas, Lowndes and Macon.

“This opportunity will provide 17 new job positions across the three counties providing these services over a 24 month grant period with the goal of permanently employing these individuals after the grant period has concluded,” Rural Health CEO Keshee Smith said.

Dr. Jacqueline Moultrie, a Nursing instructor at WCCS, said she’s glad being part of the program. Moultrie has several years of nursing experience.

Moultrie served as a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Registered Nurse at Vaughan Regional Medical Center for years. She also volunteered with Rho Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority.

“It’s a great service to provide for students and the community,” Moultrie said.

Rural Health and the Selma Links spent last weekend working to expand access to COVID19 Education, Testing, and Vaccines.

Rural Health Medical Program Incorporated received a $5,000 grant from the Southern Region of The Links Incorporated, Masked to Protect, Unmasked to Inform Grant.

Smith and Health & Human Services Committee Chair of the Selma Chapter of The Links Incorporated wrote the grant.