Non-profit helping senior NYCHA residents schedule COVID vaccines, get access to technology

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A city non-profit is helping senior NYCHA residents through its newly launched campaign to give them access to technology to schedule their COVID vaccines, telemedicine appointments and more.

The “Get Connected Campaign” is doing just that for the city’s most vulnerable, according to Lisa David, president and CEO of Public Health Solutions.

“They are so delighted and the fact that we can go to them in the languages that they speak and help them figure out how to sort of have outside access to services, they're really, really positive about it,” she said.

David says Get Connected is in its pilot phase now and is helping 70 East Harlem NYCHA seniors so far, by providing them with tablets, internet access and tech training to help them set COVID vaccine appointments, get their groceries, telehealth services, and more.

After the three-month pilot, the program is hoping to get city and state funding.

“We as a single organization are doing our best to start to address that and to try and expand that but, we're also trying to advocate for this to be addressed as a form of policy,” she said.

David says their program to help seniors in NYCHA houses has already allowed them to “accentuate this issue of the digital divide and how that affects seniors and how that affects specific communities, low-income communities where technology firms have made those investments.”

The program has raised $35,000 in donations and hopes to get several hundred thousand more from the city and state to expand.

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