On March 10, Piedmont Healthcare also extended a vaccine opportunity to all interested Charles R. Drew Charter School educators at its metro Atlanta vaccination clinic. Drew Charter School, an Atlanta Public Schools charter school, is the anchor of the cradle-to-college education pipeline in the East Lake community.
The East Lake Foundation was created in 1995 to help transform one of Atlanta’s most troubled neighborhoods that had fallen victim to years of disinvestment and the long-term impacts of systemic racism. The holistic revitalization of the East Lake community, led by the East Lake Foundation and its partners, is a landmark achievement in urban renewal, and the work of the East Lake Foundation is providing a blueprint for not only breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty, but also creating a place where people of all ages and incomes choose to live and thrive.
Piedmont Healthcare has been a partner in East Lake for several years with team members volunteering each year with the East Lake Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving and Holiday Parties, providing food, donating gift cards and participating in the “Adopt a Family” program. More recently, Dr. Jayne Morgan, Piedmont’s Clinical Director of the COVID-19 task force, joined the East Lake Foundation to participate in a COVID-19 vaccination awareness event.