County Executive Page Forms North County Outreach Group to Increase Vaccine Registration, Seek Input from Residents

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (January 29, 2021) County Executive Dr. Sam Page has tapped nearly 20 community leaders with deep roots in north St. Louis County to help increase vaccine registration and work with the county Department of Public Health to ensure all residents are connected to the latest COVID-19 information.

“We must engage communities that are underrepresented to ensure everyone has access to the vaccine,” said Dr. Page. “And that is our commitment.”

A breakdown by ZIP code of those pre-registered shows low participation in several areas of north St. Louis County. Pre-registration is as low as 3 percent in some north county communities and as high as 39 percent in the central part of the county.

The North County Outreach Group will work closely with Damon Broadus, the director of Health Promotion and Public Health Research, and with Rochelle Walton Gray, COVID-19 Vaccine Community Outreach Coordinator. Both were hired by the Health Department to bolster the County’s response to the pandemic, focusing on the vaccine rollout.

Broadus served as regional community impact director before joining the Health Department. Walton Gray is a former County Councilwoman and state representative and long-time resident of north St. Louis County.

“With this response, it’s all hands on deck,” said County Executive Page. “This group of community leaders will help us reach our most vulnerable and the historically underserved.”

The members of the North County Outreach Group are:

  • Bishop Lawrence Wooten Sr., Williams Temple Church of Christ, will serve as chair.
  • Cordell Whitlock, Community Action Agency of St. Louis County
  • John Bowman, St. Louis County NAACP
  • Mike McMillan, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Lisa D’Souza, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
  • Reggie Jones, Mayor of Dellwood
  • Ella Jones, Mayor of Ferguson
  • Chris Krehmeyer, Beyond Housing
  • Bishop Elijah Hankerson, St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition
  • Erica Williams, A Red Circle
  • Rebecca Zoll, North County Incorporated
  • Geoffrey Soyiantet, Vitendo 4 Africa
  • Dr. Monique Williams, Mound City Medical Forum
  • Kendra Copanas, Generate Health STL
  • Monsignor Mark C. Ullrich, Archdiocese of St. Louis North County Deanery
  • Dr. Rance Thomas, North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice
  • Angela Pinex, Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation
  • Alex Fennoy, Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Yolanda Lockhart, National Pan-hellenic Council - St. Louis