Grants make businesses vaccine ambassadors

ATLANTA – Up to 200 minority-owned businesses in Georgia and Tennessee can receive up to $2,000 for helping to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence among their workers and in their communities.

Minority Owned Businesses (MBEs) participating in the HealthWorks program must have at least two employees and assign one person from their organization to serve as a Small Business Health Ambassador (SBHA). The ambassador will complete an online training program about how to implement an effective COVID-19 resilience program in their company.

HealthWorks is a partnership that unites the broad expertise of Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, and ASHLIN Management Group. The program aims to reach individuals in the most vulnerable and medically underserved communities, which often have high levels of COVID-19 infections and lower than average vaccination rates. Community Outreach Workers involved in the program can work with participating businesses to conduct COVID-19 education sessions and arrange vaccination events.

MBEs that participate in the HealthWorks program will have an opportunity to enroll in training classes that begin June 6, 2022, and July 11, 2022. Businesses are eligible to receive $1,000 for completing the online training and participating in digital regional collaboration hubs. MBEs can receive an additional $1,000 for providing proof of 100 vaccinations among their staff, family members and community members during the engagement period.


LINK scholar also wins Jordan scholarship

D.J. King is a graduating senior and a Nike Jordan Wings Scholarship recipient heading to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall. The Nike Jordan Wings Scholarship awards primarily first-generation students’ scholarships and resources that reduce barriers so students can complete their studies without the added stress of financial debt.

D.J. also is a LINK Unlimited Scholar, a Chicago-based institution working to change the trajectory of high-potential Black youth by providing unique programming in the classroom and beyond. LINK Scholars complete a four-year fellowship that includes academic enrichment, leadership development, career exposure and college access to move them to, though, and beyond college.

On May 1st, College decision day, LINK Unlimited Scholars held a pep rally celebration to recognize the impressive accomplishments of the class of 2022. Despite the challenges of the last two years, 100% of the 26 graduating LINK Scholars were accepted into selective colleges and universities across the country and received over $4 million in scholarship offers.

“The past two years have been extremely challenging, and our scholars, families, staff, and mentors have all put in extraordinary effort to celebrate this day,” said Kelli Hobson, executive vice president of LINK Unlimited Scholars. “We are so proud of the growth and dedication of our seniors and look forward to all of their accomplishments as they move onto this next chapter in their lives.”

—The Chicago Defender

Black neighborhood meets Formula One racing

While the Miami Grand Prix took place May 6-8 at Hard Rock Stadium, many Miami Gardens residents and local organizations got an early look at the festivities one night before the event officially opened.

Community Night gave residents a chance to see the newest Formula One track and all the amenities the sport has to offer. Several residents even toured the actual pit to get a behind-the-scenes look at the race.

When you have guests like Michelle Obama and Michael Jordan coming to South Florida to see Sir Lewis Hamilton behind the wheel, it’s a big deal – and it’s not that often that the average person gets a chance to interact with top drivers in the profession.

During Community Night, many Miami Gardens residents and youth had that close-up experience with Hamilton, the greatest and only Black driver in the history of F1, and racing legend Willie T. Ribbs, the first Black driver to test an F1 car and race in the Indianapolis 500. Ribbs answered some questions about his time as a driver and was presented with a custom Miami Dolphins jersey.

—The Miami Times

HBCU alum now dean at Columbia Jelani Cobb, a graduate of Howard University, has been selected as the new dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Cobb, who teaches at Columbia as the Ira A. Lippman Professor of Journalism and is director of the Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights, will take the helm on Aug. 1.

— The Washington Informer

“Jelani is a highly distinguished and renowned journalist and historian,” said Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger. “Since 2012, he has worked for The New Yorker, as a contributor and currently as a staff writer, offering in-depth analyses of a wide array of subjects, ranging from electoral politics and policing to filmmaking and stand-up comedy. He has authored books on the election of President Barack Obama and the history of hip hop, and he recently co-edited an anthology of portraits of Black life in America.”

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