The Defense Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Education Consortium (DSEC), supported by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), has selected four new organizations — including Learning Undefeated — to include in DSEC’s Innovation Bloc Funding for 2021. The selected programs will support the Department’s efforts to strengthen career pathways among military-connected students and groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM, as well as one of its modernization priorities, biotechnology.Details
Learning Undefeated brings lessons to students in rural and underserved school districts By Joanne Bloomstein | Diversity in Action [March 202] read it > Since 1997 — and throughout a global pandemic — Learning Undefeated has driven specially outfitted buses, tractor trailers and shipping containers to school parking lots in 18 states including Maryland, Texas…Details
WUSA-9 (DC) | More than two weeks after D.C. announced a pilot program to partner with churches to better distribute vaccines to underserved communities in the city, a second church has been added to join the initiative. So far, 321 people have been vaccinated during the program’s three clinics, according to DC Health. Outreach is done by church volunteers and community partners to congregants and residents in the community to sign them up for vaccine appointments.Details
Faith groups step up to host vaccine sites. Why churches are key places, especially for people of color.
USA Today | Churches have often been a cornerstone in the fight against inequities and a trusted source of information and guidance during troubled times.During the pandemic, vaccinations have become the latest public service in a health and economic crisis that has seen places of worship offer canned food, clothing, housing and other assistance. Outside, a teal mobile unit was parked near the fellowship hall. The unit provided by Learning Undefeated is usually a science lab offering students STEM lessons in underserved communities.Details
Sojourners | Churches are part of communities; neighbors are familiar with them. They go to services there, they’ve gotten married there, they’ve buried their elders there. It’s critical we have community pillars like this that are safe places, safe havens where people can get vaccinated. That’s what congregations are now helping to do.Details
WTTG (Fox-5, DC) | DC Health’s plan is to give out a hundred additional doses on Saturday to residents who have pre-registered to get the vaccine. Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt “It’s extremely important to me that our residents in Wards 5, 7, and 8 takes the same advantage to get the vaccine as everyone else. And if that means that we partner with members of the faith community to bring the vaccine to their places of worship, and that they have the opportunity to be ambassadors for the vaccine, we’re willing to make those partnerships happen.”Details
WJLA (ABC-7, WJLA) | Learning Undefeated’s Drop Anywhere Labs are making a big impact in the COVID-19 vaccination effort, as part of DC Health’s “Faith in the Vaccine” program. This community-based effort to vaccinate vulnerable senior populations in Wards 5, 7, and 8 is profiled on ABC-7 news.Details
NBC-4 (DC) | Outside the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, a small shipping container having a big impact. It’s being used as a vaccine site for senior citizens, like Eddie and Ernestine Hamilton, as part of DC Health’s partnership with Learning Undefeated and other community groups called “Faith in the Vaccine.”Details
Learning Undefeated Provides Mobile “Drop Anywhere Labs” for New “Faith in the Vaccine” COVID-19 Pilot Program in Washington, D.C.
“Our Drop Anywhere Labs will provide a secure, professional laboratory space for the ‘Faith in the Vaccine’ mobile health initiative, which supports the District of Columbia in equitably distributing the COVID-19 vaccine across multiple sites in the city,” said Brian Gaines, CEO of Learning Undefeated. “As part of this wide-reaching coalition of community leaders, we’re committed to ensuring that every community in the District has access to the COVID-19 vaccine, starting with Wards 5, 7 and 8.”Details
Washington Post | Holding clinics on church grounds can make getting the vaccine easier for people who do not have the ability to drive to a mass vaccination clinic or who have trouble getting online to check and recheck websites, hoping for an appointment. And seeing pastors getting vaccinated can help ease people’s concerns about getting the shots. “We know the faith community has the ear of their people and are a trusted voice. For people who might be a little hesitant, to see their pastor get vaccinated builds that trust immediately.”Details