North Star Public Health Initiative

A recently vaccinated woman


The COVID-19 pandemic exposed inequitable health outcomes and disparities across our nation. Case Western Reserve's North Star Public Health Initiative is a collaborative effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and improve health outcomes in underserved communities.

Case Western Reserve and a group of Black and minority serving institutions are meeting regularly to share strategies, approaches, and agree upon a common slate of activities to help overcome vaccine hesitancy in minority communities.

Why Get Vaccinated?

To protect yourself from COVID-19—which is still a serious threat. More than 845,000 people in the U.S. have died from the infection since early 2020. Others suffer from ongoing symptoms, including shortness of breath and fatigue. 

Remember: The more people are vaccinated, the safer it becomes for all of us to be able to see family and friends.

Is the Vaccine Safe?

Numerous studies have found the approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective against the novel coronavirus. The vaccines do not contain any live virus, which means they can’t cause COVID-19. More than 50,000 people—representing all races and ethnicities—tested the vaccines before they were released to the public. Outside experts reviewed the results, and agreed that the vaccinations are safe.

Learn More About the Vaccine


Kate Klonowski, M.Ed., MJE
Coordinator, North Star Vaccination Initiative
Phone: 216-368-0709