About the Project

Stronger Partnership, Stronger Community: Using Health Literacy to Increase Resilience (Stronger2)

Stronger2 is a 2-year community outreach and capacity-building initiative made possible through a $3.875 million award to the Fairfax County Health Department from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH).

Stronger2 brings together non-profits, houses of worship and historically Black fraternities and sororities to increase the acceptability and use of COVID-19 public health information and services by Hispanic and Black/African Americans living in Fairfax County.

The initiative will also enhance culturally appropriate health literacy practices among health care providers and community members as well as bring about systemic changes in the healthcare delivery system.

Specifically, Stronger2 will improve:

  • Access to culturally proficient COVID-19 testing and vaccination for focus population
  • Focus population’s knowledge about COVID-19 mitigation and messaging strategies
  • Increase trust between government and community
  • Improve communication between patients and providers

Implementation Partners

  • Thompson and Associates
  • Emmanuel Worship Center
  • National Hispanic Medical Association
  • Grapevine Health
  • Church of the Living God of Northern Virginia
  • Virginia State University
  • George Mason University College of Health and Human Services
  • Alexandria-Fairfax Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Endowment
  • Ivy Foundation of Northern Virginia, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. | Zeta Chi Omega Chapter
  • Edu Futuro
  • Emerson Diversity Health Foundation
  • Fundación Los Niños De Maria Inc
  • Second Story
  • Institute for Public Health Innovation
  • Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • ICNA Relief USA
  • This project is supported by the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $3,875,000 with 100% funded by the Office of the Secretary/OASH/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by Office of the Secretary/OASH/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit www.hhs.gov/ash
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    An Initiative of the Fairfax County Health Department