Zetas awarded vaccination awareness grant

Published 7:00 am Saturday, October 7, 2023

The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Lambda Delta Zeta Chapter, in partnership with the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) are working to promote Good Health Women’s Immunization Networks (WINs), aiming to raise awareness of the impact of timely immunizations for people of all ages and protect families and individuals from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The chapter was awarded a $500 grant to reduce health disparities and increase vaccination opportunities with a specific focus on COVID-19, the flu and immunizations across a person’s lifespan.

Reneasha Gardner-Hasley, chapter president, said the sorority has been committed to empower, inform and uplift the citizens of Butler County for 42 years.

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“After the COVID-19 pandemic, we have strengthened our commitment to addressing the importance of how vaccines save lives,” Hasley said. “Through the Good Health WINs Grant our chapter has been able to educate, advocate and impact families and communities to end the pandemic, address health disparities, and shine a light on the importance of good health.”

The sorority, along with the NCNW, provided over 200 pre-packaged “Blessing Bags” to residents of Butler County during the opening Greenville Tigers game and at the Camellia City Fest. 

Hasley said the goals of the Good Health WINs are to control the COVID-19 pandemic, promote candid conversation and mutually respectful relationships between black women and policy makers, to increase public understanding and acceptance of vaccines, and to encourage “WWW” – wash hands, watch distance and wear a mask.

Bridget Wilson, Lambda Delta Zeta Chapter Social Action and Get Engaged Chairman, said the women of the chapter are here to support the community. 

“The Ladies of Lambda Delta Zeta Chapter recognizes the importance of immunization as well as the need for healthcare education within the community,” Wilson said. “We are here to support the community and provide available resources and educational material to aid in individual decision making that promotes a positive foundation for good health.”