COVID-19 Directory for Latinos and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers
MHP Salud invites your organization to access the COVID-19 Directory for Community Health Workers (CHWs). In this directory, you can access educational resources focused on CHW and COVID-19 interventions for Latino and Farmworker Communities. We include information from various sources, including many resources in Spanish. All resources are free and publicly available. Please reach out if your organization is looking for specific resources that are not listed or have any COVID-19-related resources to share. This directory is updated regularly to include relevant information.
Why is this resource directory important?
COVID-19 Disproportionately Impacts Latino and MSAW Communities.
As COVID-19 numbers climb, Latinos remain disproportionately impacted. Across Health Centers, Latinos make up 46% of all positive cases COVID-19 cases, yet only account for 30% of all patients tested for the virus.1 Additionally, Latinos and immigrants are more likely to hold jobs as “essential workers,” putting them at higher risk for contracting the virus.
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSAWs) are considered essential workers, and often face many challenges to protect themselves from COVID-19 because of their working and living conditions. However, due to linguistic, socioeconomic, cultural, and geographical barriers, MSAW communities are less likely to have access to updated information and testing for COVID-19.2
CHWs and COVID-19
It is important that healthcare organization utilize strategic resources that connect Latino and MSAW communities to COVID-19 education, resources, and testing. As a leader in promoting Community Health Worker (CHW) programs nationally, MHP Salud is advocating for the integration of CHWs on COVID-19 outreach and educational activities. CHWs are trusted members of the community who are widely known to improve the health of their communities by linking their neighbors to health care and social services, educating their peers about disease and injury prevention, working to make health services more accessible, and by mobilizing their communities to create positive change.
Many health and social service organizations have integrated CHWs into their COVID-19 efforts to work on a variety of prevention efforts, including contact tracing, education on virus contraction and spread, and access to testing. CHWs provide their services in linguistically and culturally-appropriate ways that help ensure communities are educated and have access to vital COVID-19 resources.4
To support CHW interventions and programs working on COVID-19 prevention efforts in Latino and MSAW communities, MHP Salud created a resource directory to share free materials for health and social service organizations. We invite your organization to visit this online directory.
- Health Resource and Service Administration (2020). Health Center COVID-19 Testing. https://data.hrsa.gov/topics/health-centers/covid-testing.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (June 11, 2020). Agriculture Workers and Employers.
- Mayfield-Johnson, Susan PhD, MCHES; Smith, Denise O. MBA, CHW, PN; Crosby, Sara A. MPH; et al. (2020). Insights on COVID-19 From Community Health Worker State Leaders. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 43(4), 268-277.
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