Vaccine Equity Cooperative

The pandemic and the vaccine distribution strategies in the U.S. presented an opportunity to focus on racial health equity and activate improved coordination among federal, state, tribal and other local levels.

The Vaccine Equity Cooperative was created to usher in new level of collaboration, partnership, resources, and knowledge sharing to advance racial health equity.


  • The trust gap: Historic concerns, new racial tensions, systemic racism, and heightened disparities have further eroded public trust in a safe, effective, and accessible COVID-19 vaccine among hardest hit communities of color.
  • The leadership gap: A multitude of public/private players are engaged in vaccine strategy, but no single group has emerged to assume responsibility for a national vaccine supply and demand strategy or consistent national movement on these topics.
  • The resource gap: States face a significant resource gap for distribution and communication around a COVID-19 vaccine.


  • Ideas about how we prioritize community health, public safety, and public trust that previously seemed radical are now moving toward the mainstream.
  • Policy actors – including legislators and advocacy groups – now have a broader latitude to shift the narrative and change how health works in communities.
  • The future of public health is local, making it a national imperative to effectively and authentically engage local communities, bolster community-led solutions, and bring together multiple stakeholders committed to working collaboratively to solve our nation’s complex health and equity issues.

A Collaborative Approach To Equity-Oriented Vaccine Demand

We can thoughtfully and authentically engaging communities to acknowledge and address the root causes of vaccine hesitancy and increase vaccine acceptance and access. Five key groups have joined forces to launch a comprehensive, two-year national vaccine equity campaign.

A unified and collaborative approach to build vaccine confidence, this initiative can further support the rebuilding of public trust necessary to address long-term disparities and prepare for future crises. Our work across four strategic focus areas builds a learning engine and strategic communications arm of the demand-side of the vaccine equity ecosystem.

Coordinate research, tools and working groups

Develop, design and/or analyze programs and practices focused on essential resources

Influence, education and messaging

Build and facilitate formal and informal, local and national networks to further racial health equity across the U.S.

Convene, connect and collaborate

Improve quality and learn from projects and initiatives across the U.S. to share both wins and failures

Advocate and build capacity

Develop, design and/or analyze programs and practices focused on essential resources

Organizing Members

Each organization is deeply committed to racial health equity and actively engaged in vaccine supply and demand working groups. Together, we aim to spark a national campaign and platform that is flexible enough to encompass different solutions and stakeholders, yet specific enough to translate ideas into action.

Health Leads is an innovation hub that unearths and addresses the deep societal roots of racial inequity that impact health and creating smarter, more equitable, community-centric design processes in public health and essential needs. Health Leads has launched a two-year (2020-2022) Respond and Rebuild Strategy which helps communities meet urgent resource demands worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic today, while also redesigning and rebuilding the systems necessary for a more equitable and crisis-resilient future.


So many organizations and individuals have resources to offer to this effort. Support our work to build collaborative, community-anchored, and equity-driven solutions that strengthen public trust and enable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.