Helping Immigrant Families Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic
With help from a generous grant funded by The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, LATIN-19 joins La Semilla, El Futuro, Latino Community Development Center, and El Vinculo Hispano, in launching the Latino Pandemic Response Collaborative.
We’re proud to join a partnership of five Latinx-founded and Latinx-led organizations across North Carolina who immediately marshalled their resources at the start of the pandemic to address the systematic exclusion from health, financial, and social support networks. Our organizations reflect the communities we serve, and are the ones our community trusts, literally with their lives.
In the words of our co-founder, Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi: “the best approaches to build understanding and generate trust during the pandemic are those done together with community representation, addressing not only COVID-19 information but, more importantly, ways to improve social determinants of vulnerability in health. This project gives us an opportunity to work together in a more meaningful way and extend our collective approach to counties where we haven’t yet been as involved.”
Through our collaboration we will strengthen our network to effectively provide Latinx immigrant families the necessary tools to weather the pandemic, and also thrive after the worst is over. Our collective work will include:
• Connectivity of organizations
• Access to emergency COVID resources for Latinos
• Vaccination coordination
• COVID prevention, awareness, and education
• Capacity building/training for Latino individuals and organizations
• Mental health services
Bull City Strong: Improving Health Literacy in Durham to Further an Equitable Community Response to COVID-19
With help from a generous grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, LATIN-19 is thrilled to be able to partner with the Durham Department of Public Health, NC Central University and Project ACCESS on a two year, $2 million project that will utilize strategies and lessons learned during the pandemic to impact COVID-19 outcomes and more broadly address equity moving forward.
We will work collaboratively to:
- Develop and disseminate health information that is accurate, accessible, and actionable, with a focus on improving access for individuals with limited digital access
- Promote behavior change for Durham community members to increase their access to medically accurate health information, informed decision making and timely utilization of high quality health services
- Expand local efforts to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health information services.