Stronger Partnership, Stronger Community: Using Health Literacy to Increase Resilience (Stronger2)

Stronger2 is a 2-year community outreach and capacity-building initiative made possible through a $3.875 million award to the Fairfax County Health Department from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH).

Stronger2 brings together non-profits, houses of worship and historically Black fraternities and sororities to increase the acceptability and use of COVID-19 public health information and services by Hispanic and Black/African Americans living in Fairfax County.

The initiative will also enhance culturally appropriate health literacy practices among health care providers and community members as well as bring about systemic changes in the healthcare delivery system.

Our Partnership with Fairfax County Health Department under the Ofce of Health and Human Services grant project,” Stronger Partnership, Stronger Community (Stronger2)” which uses health literacy to increase resiliency in the community to close the gap in healthcare and other disparities amongst minorities is a natural pairing. COVID-19 has put a spotlight on these disparities, especially in the Black and Latino communities. The cost in terms of human lives and economic deprivation has been devastating. As a Fairfax County community-based organization, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter is doing everything in its power to combat the pandemic, and the social economic status of not only the minority citizens in Fairfax County (southern corridor), but its citizens at large.