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We Asked, You Said, We Did, and What Changed

At BPHC, community input is important to us. We want you to know how your input informs our decision-making. Below you will find summaries of current and past projects where your input influenced what we did.

We Asked, You Said, We Did, and What Changed is an important part of our commitment to equitable community engagement.

Current projects

Current projects
​We Asked

​Share your thoughts on the COVID-19 Vaccines: Summary of Community Input

In December 2020, the Boston Public Health Commission invited residents to share their thoughts on the new COVID-19 vaccines. We hosted 10 virtual focus groups and distributed one online survey. 

We asked residents:

  • When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, will you take it?
  • What helped you decide to take the vaccine?
  • What are your concerns about the vaccine?  
  • What information do you want to know when a new vaccine is available?
  • What should public health or medical professionals do to prepare the community for a COVID-19 vaccine? 
  • Who do you trust the most for information about the COVID-19 vaccine?
You Said

During the consultation period, we hosted 10 virtual focus groups with a total of 97 participants. 145 residents responded to the online survey.  

When the COVID-19 vaccines becomes available, focus group participants said:

  • 44.3% Yes, I will take the vaccine
  • 55.7% No, or I'm Unsure about taking the vaccine

When the COVID-19 vaccines becomes available, survey respondents said:

  • 82.8%Yes, I will take the vaccine
  • 17.2% No, or I'm Unsure about taking the vaccine

For more details, see the full summary here.

We Did

We heard your responses and used it to inform the development of an equitable and effective communication plan that includes:

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) addressing your questions.
  • Series of community information sessions to address your questions and concerns on the COVID-19 vaccines, currently available in English and Spanish with additional languages to be offered at a later date.
  • COVID-19 vaccine information webpage available
  • Social media campaign that highlights community members getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Continuing partnerships with health care partners, city agencies, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations to deliver accurate information to the community. 

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