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COVID-19 Response in
Western North Carolina

Looking for Vaccines? See MAHEC locations in the box at right.

Dogwood Health Trust has received many questions about what we are doing to get vaccines to the community. Although we are not a healthcare provider and cannot order or administer vaccines, we are busy supporting regional community partners who are helping share the latest information and coordinate the most effective, efficient and equitable distribution of vaccines across Western North Carolina. 

We value our role as a convenor for the Vaccine Acceleration Consortium, an entity bringing hospitals, county health departments, health centers and others together to effectively coordinate the use of vaccines so that our region continues to get more as they become available. We also support organizations like MAHEC, Blue Ridge Health and the WNC Health Network with their vaccine efforts across the region.

Woman with face mask pointing to a band aid over her upper arm where a Covid-19 vaccine was administered.

Image provided by the Western North Carolina Health Network.

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC logo
MAHEC offers vaccine clinics at various locations for children and adults. Check here for the operating schedule.

Vaccine Resources

North Carolina DHHS logo with NC State seal.

To learn more about vaccine safety and get information about your vaccine group, visit the state’s web page.

If you know you’re currently eligible to receive a vaccine, click here to find a vaccine location near you.

Need COVID-19 Testing?

Community Lab, a Division of Sanesco Health logo

Dogwood’s partner, CommunityLab WNC offers regular testing appointments with online registration.

Medical staff preparing Covid-19 vaccine dose

Dogwood’s COVID-19 Response

Dogwood Health Trust has invested more than $10 million since the spring of 2020 to support the health and safety of Western North Carolina residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our initial focus was on mitigating the impact of the virus by securing testing and PPE supplies, sharing region-wide messaging promoting safe behaviors and providing direct financial support for nonprofits, schools and governments working to help those affected by mandatory shutdowns. In 2021, as vaccines became available, we pivoted to focus on supporting collaborations to effectively and efficiently deploy vaccine resources, on the broad dissemination of targeted messaging to help increase the number of people choosing to get vaccinated and on pandemic recovery.



  • Distributed thousands of COVID-19 test kits
  • Funded COVID-19 testing events in BIPOC communities
  • Launched region-wide multi-media messaging campaigns
  • Created a dedicated COVID-19 testing lab for WNC
  • Sourced and distributed $3 million worth of PPE
  • Purchased cellular wi-fi hotspots for rural schools, teachers and seniors
  • Provided raw food and prepared meals for thousands
  • Co-invested in the emergency response funds of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and Buncombe County 
  • Purchased additional laptops for United Way’s 211 system to handle increased volume
  • Provided more than $20 million in bridge funding to help small businesses across the region access PPP and Rapid Recovery loans


  • Convening the WNC Vaccine Acceleration Consortium to ensure the most efficient and effective deployment of vaccinations in our region
  • Facilitating region-wide deployment and sharing of resources: vaccines, people, equipment, etc. 
  • Collaborating with state and federal efforts, including FEMA
  • Supporting direct outreach and education to marginalized and vaccine-hesitant communities
  • Underwriting a region-wide social media campaign, “My Reason WNC,” customized for individual counties, encouraging vaccinations and COVID-safe behaviors
  • Co-funding, with CFWNC, vaccine sites focused on underserved populations 
  • Supported a wastewater early detection pilot in Jackson and Haywood counties
  • Funded a centralized vaccine volunteer coordination effort
  • Increased the number of Community Health Workers in our region
  • Helping to educate provider practices to become vaccination sites
Woman in mask and sunglasses holds up water bottle with a candy skull sticker.
Female volunteer with facemask and clip board standing next to a car with window down and two people inside.
Elementary student with a mask on at school
Woman at the grocery store with as florally mask on
Volunteer passing off a bag of face masks to another volunteer at a pop up tent.

Stories of

Courage and Compassion


Hola Carolina

Through its flagship publication, Hola Carolina magazine, the organization shares critical information and news for Spanish-speaking communities in ten WNC counties. Hola also operates programs that celebrate cultural diversity with educational and outreach activities through Hola Community Arts.

3 female volunteers from Hola Carolina holding up colorful reusable grocery bags while wearing masks at a pop up tent event.
The Romero family portrait


Sanesco Health

A family-owned company headquartered in Arden, Sanesco has been providing lab services to roughly 900 physician practices and distributors across the United States and Canada for 15 years. “When we arrived to Asheville for the very first time, there was an immediate connection”


WNC Health Network

WNC Health Network values building capacity, supporting connections and using human-centered approaches. The organization is committed to developing processes that meaningfully engage their customers’ communities and partners – particularly those most impacted by the health issue at hand.