Partners in Action

The COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project is comprised of more than 230 leading organizations representing patients, caregivers and families, diverse communities, healthcare workers, older Americans, veterans, frontline workers, and scientists aimed at convening a dialogue around vaccine education. Many of our partners work tirelessly on the front lines and behind the scenes to help fight the pandemic and encourage vaccine confidence.

By sharing their stories, we hope to highlight the trailblazing efforts of the individuals, organizations and their leaders as they create opportunities for dialogue and education and work to ensure that everyone has equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccines.

National Hispanic Medical Association

The National Hispanic Medical Association represents over 50,000 physicians dedicated to improving the health of Hispanics and other underserved. They have mobilized our members and networks through our Annual Conference, Chapter Forums and the following:

NHMA’s Vaccinate For All Campaign is supported by CDC 2021 – 2026 and Johnson & Johnson – 2021 – and focuses on social media education with NHMA members and Champions; the development of a Microsite and HispanicHealth.info to be launched soon with our educational links in English and Spanish on related COVID-19 information; training of the National Hispanic Health Professionals Leadership Network, NHMA Council of Medical Societies and Latino Health Advocacy Organizations with monthly meetings with the White House and HHS and NHMA, the NHMA Leadership Fellowship for 20 physicians/year interested in public health leadership, and the media training and placement in regional media networks for NHMA leaders and lastly, our small grant awards to NHMA Chapters for in person vaccination activities. The impact has been in the millions of social media impressions and hundreds of vaccinations since launching the programs.

Vaccinate For All works to vaccine hesitancy by arming individual physicians, health professional associations, and other leaders with educational resources about the COVID-19 vaccines to increase vaccination accessibility and uptake among the Latino community.

In April 2020, NHMA started its monthly COVID-19 Briefing Series with several partners and expert speakers on the last Wednesday of the month on impact and strategies to reduce COVID-19, especially among Latinos.

To learn more about the National Hispanic Medical Association visit, nhmamd.org.

Día de la Mujer Latina

Growing up in New York in the 1950s, Venus Ginés, president and founder of Día de la Mujer Latina, remembers the Puerto Rican women in her community sharing their stories of the horrific treatment at Bellevue Hospital. Venus’ mother was one of the victims of sterilization abuse. She died at an early age, never trusting doctors in the U.S. For decades, Venus carried that same distrust. It was only during an ER visit for a work-related injury did Venus learn that she had a lump on her breast. Her cancer journey and her sister’s untimely death to cervical cancer led her to establish Día de la Mujer Latina (DML) in 1997 as a culturally tailored community engagement program, that includes a health fiesta and a Promotores/Community Health Workers (CHWs) training. Today this model has been celebrated in 39 states, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

To learn more about Día de la Mujer Latina, visit: https://www.diadelamujerlatina.org.


Chicano Federation of San Diego County

Chicano Federation has been serving San Diego County and beyond for over 50 years. Its mission is to invest in under-resourced communities through various programs aimed at building resiliency and promoting self-sufficiency. Now, in its 53rd year, Chicano Federation is the lead advocate for health equity and ensuring that the well-being of the most impacted communities is a priority in San Diego County.

When COVID-19 struck, Chicano Federation joined with other organizations to create the Roadmap to Recovery Taskforce, a grassroots effort to slow the spread of coronavirus among the Latinx community. This initiative caught San Diego County’s attention and the group evolved into what is now the San Diego Latino Health Coalition and is made up of over 20 partner organizations. Alongside the County, the Coalition provides bilingual webinars, training, and resources on COVID-19-prevention and recovery. Coalition partners Chicano Federation joined with other organizations to create the Roadmap to Recovery Taskforce, a grassroots effort to slow the spread of coronavirus within the Latino community and save lives. This initiative caught San Diego County’s attention and the group evolved into what is now the San Diego Latino Health Coalition and is made up of over 20 partner organizations.

Alongside the County, the Coalition provides bilingual webinars, training, and resources on COVID-19 prevention and recovery. Coalition partners have also served as Resource Centers where Spanish speakers can receive answers on how to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic. The Chicano Federation remains committed to continuing its COVID-19 recovery efforts. Check out this video to see how the organization is empowering communities of color throughout San Diego.

To learn more about the Chicano Federation of San Diego, visit: https://www.chicanofederation.org.


Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) Illinois

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) has undergone an incredible transformation to fill the gaps of need for Illinois’ low-income Latinx community. FLAP’s leaders knew that this already exploited community would bear the brunt of the damage dealt by the pandemic.

FLAP now serves as a critical health resource for Latinx workers. The organization often participates in events sponsored by the Cook County Department of Mental Health to increase vaccine confidence. The organization also convenes Facebook live discussions with health professionals to address vaccine hesitancy. These measures have been most effective in countering misinformation and helping those who are unsure get the vaccine.

To learn more about FLAP, visit: https://www.flapillinois.org.

 

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