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Vaccinating East Of Troost | Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

Valerie Chow, a retired anesthesiologist, finishes vaccinating a patient at Friendship Baptist Church in March.
Carlos Moreno
The new federally funded initiative from Jackson County, Our Healthy KC Eastside, aims to meet people where they are at in order to bridge the divide in vaccination inequity.

The Our Healthy KC Eastside initiative will focus on outreach and vaccine distribution, and U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver offers his take on the latest events in Washington and Missouri.

Segment 1, beginning at 0:59: As the CDC adjusts its mask guidelines and restrictions around Kansas City are loosened, vaccination rates among residents of several city neighborhoods are incredibly low.

Some are as low as 15%, and Black and brown communities are disproportionately impacted. To address the issue, Jackson County's legislature has dedicated $5 million of CARES Act funds towards getting vaccines distributed in six Kansas city zip codes through the Our Healthy KC Eastside program.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:28: The U.S. House has approved a bill to create an independent commission that would investigate the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Missouri's 5th District U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver breaks down his stance on that legislation, the refusal of the Missouri legislature to fund voter approved Medicaid expansion and the cancellation of federal jobless benefits in his home state.

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