The local organization receives funds to help work to help underserved populations, rural communities


NEW BERN, NC (WNCT) – Six organizations statewide will receive grants from the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation to help underserved populations and rural communities. One of these organizations is in New Bern.

A portion of the $ 25,000 received by Peletah Ministries will be used to help educate underserved populations in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties about the vaccine.

“It’s like Christmas, like a Christmas miracle for communities and families who desperately need this information, to get vaccinated,” said Peletah Ministries Executive Director Dr Dawn Baldwin Gibson.

It’s all part of the North Carolina Healthcare Foundations’ COVID-19 “Fill the Gap” response fund, distributing a total of $ 150,000 to six nonprofits across the state. All of this is meant to help these organizations help those disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including people of color, frontline workers and rural communities.

“The Peletah Ministries and their resilient health agenda truly epitomizes the spirit of the Gap-Filling Program and the impact we were trying to achieve with this program,” said North Carolina Healthcare Foundation Senior Director Dean Higgins .

Throughout the pandemic, Peletah Ministries has made an effort to provide information about vaccines to people in these rural areas, even visiting 221 churches in six different counties in eastern North Carolina to pass the information on. information directly to the community.

Now, with this grant, they plan to increase their reach.

“We have a project called Resilient Health that we started right after COVID-19 really started to impact our rural communities. We’re going to be able to expand that work, which is really going to allow people to get information, ”Gibson said.


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