Roanoke Chowan Community
Health Center (RCCHC) in rural Ahoskie, North
Carolina, is using social media and creating graphics to
answer common questions about vaccines and encourage its
patients to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
RCCHC also created videos in which providers share why
they received the vaccine. These videos also display a
website for people to locate a COVID-19 provider in North
Carolina and the center's COVID-19 Info Line for people
with questions or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
“Since we serve exclusively rural areas, our
staff have community ties to many of our patients. We
want to share that someone they know and trust felt safe
getting the vaccine,” Erin Storie, RCCHC
Communications & Advocacy Coordinator, said.
In addition, RCCHC is providing vaccine safety
information directly to patients at attaching a COVID-19
vaccine FAQ on medicine bags given out at its two
in-house pharmacies. RCCHC is also working on a social
media and newspaper campaign to share photos of providers
getting the vaccine and statements of why they wanted to
Allee Mead is a web writer for the Rural Health Information Hub. She has written on important rural issues, including maternal mortality and farmers' mental health, and has presented nationally on RHIhub's opioid resources. Originally from rural North Dakota, she has a master's degree in English. Full Biography