The Rx Foundation provided two grants of $25,000 each to New Direction Health Care Solutions in Knoxville, TN, as part of the foundation’s Vaccine Equity/Vaccine Plus program, based on a recommendation by trusted partners at the Tennessee Health Care Campaign. The two grants set the organization on a new trajectory, dramatically increasing its capacity to educate, test, and vaccinate Black and rural communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, positioning the organization to win a $1.4 million contract with the State of Tennessee, and enabling it to pursue its vision of becoming a health research institute. Both grants reveal the many benefits that accrue from supporting community-based and community-led health efforts with flexible funding.


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