Together We Are Stronger

Dr. CJ Cook, DBABlog

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On Sunday, March 28, 2021, 300 Inland Regional Center (IRC) clients received the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

This drive-up vaccine clinic was made possible through the strong community partnerships IRC has developed over the past seven years and our ability to advocate as one strong voice for our community.

These partners include Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), Inland Empire Disability Collaborative (IEDC), State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD), Autism Society of the Inland Empire (ASIE), United Cerebral Palsy Inland Empire (UCPIE), and the SAC clinic in San Bernardino.

In addition to the advocacy to secure the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for the clients by the aforementioned, IRC partnered with In-Roads Creative Programs for logistical support the day of the event, which provided 15 volunteers to support our clients as they received the vaccine. Sharon Barton, CEO of In-Roads, said, “it was a pleasure to assist the IRC clients at this event. Today allowed us to be a part of saving client’s lives, and it feels wonderful.”

As well, in addition to several volunteers, IEHP coordinated for an American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance to be onsite to ensure the safety of the clients before and after they received the vaccine. Gabriel Uribe, Director of Community Health at IEHP said, “this is one of the reasons why I love working in the Inland Empire, we have such a great collaborative spirit.  I can’t tell you just how much my spirit was uplifted to see happy families leaving the parking lot, a sense of relief that the most horrible risks of the pandemic are coming to an end for their loved ones.”

Similar feedback was received on Facebook from care providers of clients and clients who received the vaccine.

“Thank you 🙏🏽 it was so organized, and my son received his vaccine 💉🥰”

“I got my shot today and thank you soo much it was super-fast easy, and all the staff went above and beyond!! Thank you 😊”

“Thanks for doing this. My little guy got his shot.”

It is the hope of IRC to continue to cultivate our strong partnerships and provide more drive-up clinics at IRC soon. Please monitor our social medial platforms for future events and the registration process.

For more resources and information about COVID-19, please visit our Coronavirus Page.

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Dr. CJ Cook, DBA

As Program Administrator, CJ is responsible for the proactive oversight of various units within IRC, including Community Management, Service Access and Equity, and Training and Development. CJ's oversight extends to Language Access and Cultural Competency (LACC), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), equity in the Purchase of Service (POS), and the National Core Indicator (NCI) project. Furthermore, CJ is tasked with managing the IRC's Performance Contract with DDS and overseeing Emergency Services.

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