In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, she acknowledged that not everybody in Delaware County, the place she lives, had the identical entry to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Till not too long ago, the county didn’t have a proper well being division. This hole in entry to vaccines drove her to take motion.
She began a company known as Nurses United for Change and Fairness that works to convey well being care companies to susceptible areas in Delaware County, whereas demonstrating the significance of nurse-led applications. The group organizes night and weekend vaccination clinics, gives vaccinations at neighborhood occasions, and gives house visits. She additionally helped lead one other group that has vaccinated a whole lot of individuals in a wide range of neighborhood settings.
“I’m dedicated to constructing variety in well being care to create fairness and higher well being outcomes for the underserved. We want extra minority well being care suppliers. For many individuals, receiving care from somebody who seems like them, and who can clarify issues in methods which can be comprehensible to them, can result in higher outcomes,” Graham mentioned.
DaVeda’s work ethic and drive had been acknowledged by a number of Have a good time Caring nominators.
“Every time I contact DaVeda for help, she is all the time on board. Whether or not it’s talking on a panel, administering vaccines at pop up clinics, or visiting the properties of homebound sufferers to offer them the vaccine, she’s there!” mentioned one nominator. “She does all of this whereas sustaining a full-time job, working part-time, being an incredible spouse, caring for her 5 youngsters, taking programs to focus on her area, and dealing with different obligations. She is actually outstanding!”
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