Throughout 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 just lately, the county didn’t have a proper well being division. This hole in entry to vaccines drove her to take motion.
She began a corporation known as Nurses United for Change and Fairness that works to deliver 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 group occasions, and presents residence visits. She additionally helped lead one other group that has vaccinated tons of of individuals in a wide range of group 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 appears to be like like them, and who can clarify issues in methods which are comprehensible to them, can result in higher outcomes,” Graham mentioned.
DaVeda’s work ethic and drive have been acknowledged by a number of Have fun 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 provide 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 concentrate on her subject, and dealing with different obligations. She is actually exceptional!”