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Denver considers spending $1.4 million to fight COVID-19 in minority communities

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By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) The City and County of Denver will vote Monday to award a $1.4 million contract to Denver Health to reduce COVID-19-related disparities.

According to a city staff report, the money would pay for testing, contract tracing, vaccinations, and more. The city plans to target populations at elevated risk that are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups.

The money would help the city collect and analyze data to better respond to health emergencies such as COVID-19. According to the staff report, the funding would "ensure greater capacity in future health emergencies to reduce disparities through better responsiveness."

"Enhancing data capability related to COVID-19 in a manner that helps reduce overall health disparities is a primary goal."

Use more mobile or pop-up clinics

To reach more people, Denver Health would:

· Expand use of mobile or pop-up clinics in the most impacted neighborhoods.

· Use mobile or pop-up clinics to increase testing, information, and vaccination availability in the most impacted neighborhoods.

· Expand the ability of mobile/pop-up clinics to supply more health services.

· Expand and enhance clinics with community partners at familiar settings in the most impacted neighborhoods.

· Use clinics at sites in the community to increase testing, information, and vaccination availability.

· Expand the ability to supply other health services at sites in the community.

The City and County of Denver also intend to work together to enhance community partnerships. Doing so could include working with "community partners to develop and implement strategies for delivering information and services that help reduce other health disparities."

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