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Students Win AOA Grant for Vaccine Education

Einstein third-year medical student Taneisha Sinclair, right, gives a COVID-19 vaccine to first-year med student Samantha Goulding at Weiler Hospital in January 2021.

Students Win AOA Grant for Vaccine Education

Einstein’s Community Corps, a new student-led service group, has received a three-year, $9,000 grant to better understand and address vaccine disparities in the Bronx.

The Einstein office of medical education (OME) has matched the award, which was given by the national honor medical society Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA). Einstein is one of only four institutions to receive an AOA Medical Student Service Leadership Project Grant for 2021.

The Community Corps will work closely with Einstein’s Community-Based Service Learning Program and OME leadership to:

  • Understand vaccine hesitancy and barriers in the Bronx by interviewing patients who elect not to receive recommended vaccines, including shots to prevent COVID-19, influenza, hepatitis A and B, pneumococcal pneumonia, and other illnesses;
  • Enhance our medical student curriculum to further educate students about factors underlying disparities;
  • Launch a public-health campaign to engage patients in discussions that address their vaccine concerns; and
  • Distribute surveys, analyze results, and identify areas for improvement.

Third- and fourth-year medical students will coordinate the logistics of the project; members of each medical school class year will be included in subcommittees to ensure its continuity.

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