Last week the United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) announced a comprehensive expansion program to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and death rates affecting Black and Brown communities throughout the Washington, D.C. area, and Quest Diagnostics was right there with them. 

The program will provide equitable access to and distribution of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations throughout the region while removing barriers by providing free transportation and education.

Stacey Ingram, Quest for Health Equity Segment Lead, was on hand to participate in the announcement of the program and a town hall session. 

“I was proud to represent Quest at the event,” Stacey said. “The town hall session answered some very important questions on testing and vaccinations from clergy leaders representing their congregations. The United Way NCA understands the challenges of closing health care disparities, and Quest is right there with them to help address the need.”

United Way NCA participates in the Choose Healthy Life Black Clergy Action Plan (CHL)—a historic multi-city initiative that aims to raise awareness and educate the Black community on COVID-19 and other health disparities, develop infrastructure and advocacy and, most importantly, provide access to COVID-19 testing for high-risk communities through the Black church, the oldest and most trusted institution in the Black community. Quest Diagnostics and our Foundation are founding sponsors of the CHL initiative.

“In D.C., Black residents account for more than 80% of COVID-19 cases—a number that has nearly doubled since last year—compared to the 10% drop since December for white people,” said Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way NCA. “Your United Way NCA has convened participating organizations to provide not just access to COVID-19 testing, but now access to and distribution of the vaccine. We are incredibly grateful for the groundswell of investments from our collaborators in helping to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in Black and Brown communities across the region. The work we are doing today and moving forward are examples of the actions we’re all taking together to provide equitable health care access to those who have been historically under-resourced and ignored.”

For more information on the initiative click here.