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Scaling Up COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation Strategies with Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant Communities

Apply now to get up to $250,000 for your innovative COVID-19 education, testing, contact tracing, vaccination, and other prevention and mitigation strategies in refugee, immigrant and migrant (RIM) communities.

Local health departments (LHDs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) can be most effective when they work together in partnership. That's why NRC-RIM is partnering with National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to provide funding and technical assistance to LHDs and their RIM community partners. Even if a local health department does not yet have an established relationship with a community partner, it is never too late to commit to working together on COVID-19 response.

The goals of this funding are:

  • Improve COVID-19 prevention and mitigation
  • Reduce inequities in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality
  • Identify best practices and sustainable models for preventing COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

NRC-RIM has developed and curated a collection of resources to support local health departments and community-based organizations working with refugee, immigrant, and migrant (RIM) communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID -19.

When you apply for funding, consider using our resources in your proposed approach. Contact us with any questions at

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Promising Practices

Promising practices are strategies, approaches, or programs that have anecdotally shown to have a positive impact in some local settings. NRC-RIM has collected nearly 40 promising practices through one-on-one interviews with public health professionals actively engaged in COVID-19 response among RIM communities.

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Toolkits contain practical guides, checklists, and promising practices relevant to each toolkit topic. All materials were curated specifically to support health departments with COVID-19 response among RIM communities:

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Vaccine Campaigns

Get the Facts and Get Vaccinated are COVID-19 vaccination campaigns that include fact sheets, posters, social media assets, and PSAs translated into 30+ languages; easy to use and customizable templates allow health departments and other organizations to add their own logos.

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Community-led Campaigns

In partnership with and leaders from refugee and immigrant communities, NRC-RIM developed community-led COVID-19 campaigns about COVID-19 vaccines and contact tracing; NRC-RIM offers an interactive guidebook for health departments to build new campaigns in partnerships with communities. 


CDC Foundation Solicits RFPs 

Due May 24: The CDC Foundation will fund up to 100 community-based organizations to support effective interventions to increase influenza and COVID-19 vaccine confidence and coverage among adults in racial/ethnic populations experiencing disparities. Learn more.

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DHH funds available to support public health workforce

Due June 9:  Department of Health and Human Services has funding available to support communities as they establish, expand, and sustain a public health workforce to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.  This includes the hiring of community outreach workers, which includes community health workers, patients navigators, and social support specialists, to educate and assist individuals in accessing and receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Learn more.