Together, we can stop COVID-19.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has had vast impacts across the United States, and Nevada is no exception. Over the course of 2020, the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded right before us, resulting in physical, mental, and economic impacts.
Our primary goal is to reduce the spread in Nevada, with specific emphasis on communities at greatest risk, including African American/Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The One Community education and outreach campaign aims to:
- Provide a central location in which communities leaders and members can obtain reliable information about COVID-19;
- Engage community leaders and members as active participants in COVID-19 education and outreach;
- Engage the community in a larger conversation about COVID-19 to discuss impacts, perceptions, concerns, challenges, and next steps; and
- Disseminate information through various printed and digital sources that will best reach the 7 target communities.
Find out Who Our Partners Are and learn how you can help at How to Get Involved.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Identify organizations you can support
Many organizations that serve our communities’ most vulnerable populations are struggling right now; consider donating time, food, clothing, other items, and/or money to a local charity or organization.
Share the campaign on social media:
Visit the NMHEC Facebook page and help share the #OneCommunity campaign and COVID-19 information with your friends, family members, and colleagues.
Share your story through a testimonial:
This is an extraordinary time – and we need your voice to tell the story.
Over the past months, you’ve been taking action to protect your community, by helping your neighbours, keeping a positive spirit, taking care of your loved ones, and much much more.
Whether you’re sheltering at home, working in the medical or public health field, homeschooling your kids, or adapting your business to the times, we want to hear from you. We want you to tell your story. Please spare a few minutes to share what you are going through in a short text, photo, or video.
We believe that your story, your resourcefulness, your resilience, will help connect us while we are apart and continuing to act as #OneCommunity as we weather this pandemic!
How to participate:
If you’d like to share your story, click the share your story button below. We encourage you to share pictures and videos. Written testimonials must be under 5000 characters. Videos must stay under 2 minutes in length.
Questions to think about for your testimonial:
- What would you like people to know about COVID-19, and how are you doing your part to protect others?
- Would you like to share a message with people who are struggling during this time?
- What do you miss most about life before the pandemic?
- How do you stay safe when staying safe is hard?
- How have you been impacted and what are you doing to build resilience?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19:
HOW DOES COVID IMPACT MY COMMUNITY? (References)
COVID-19 has deeply impacted everyone’s lives, but it’s hit some communities incredibly hard.
You’ve likely seen it reported on the news. Minority, immigrant, and low socioeconomic communities experience a disproportionate amount of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from the disease (1, 2, 3). Gender and sexually diverse populations and individuals with disabilities are also profoundly impacted (4, 5). For these communities, long-standing social issues that are challenging in normal times have only been amplified by this health crisis (6). COVID-19 has led to greater unemployment, loss of wages and insurance, reduced access to medical care, food insecurity, and greater social stigma (7, 8, 9, 10).
Why is the impact of COVID-19 greater for certain populations?
People of color and low-income populations are overrepresented in essential work industries (8,11,12).
LOWER ACCESS TO PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) IN ESSENTIAL WORKERS
Most essential workers do not feel safe at work (60%), are unable to practice social distancing (71%), and experience increased stress (86%).13 Low wage workers are the most likely to report inadequate employer safety practices in regards to COVID safety training, face masks, hand sanitizer, and access to handwashing (13).
People of color and low-income populations are substantially more likely to live in crowded housing and multigenerational home (14, 15, 16, 17). The current housing crisis is only going to exacerbate this issue.
PRE-EXISTING HEALTH CONDITIONS
People of color and low-income populations experience a higher burden of preventable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cirrhosis, and certain types of cancer, which are risk factors for COVID-19 (8, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23).
LOWER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE & HEALTH INSURANCE
People of color and low-income populations have lower access to health care, which is exacerbated by lack of medical insurance or being underinsured (7, 10, 25).
LOWER ACCESS TO PAID SICK LEAVE
Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people, immigrants, low wage earners, part-time workers, and Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual individuals have low access to paid sick leave and medical leave (25, 26).
HIGHER RELIANCE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
People of color and low-income populations are more likely to rely on public transportation (27).
INCREASED SOCIAL STIGMA
Asian and Black Americans are more likely than Whites and Latinxs to report negative experiences because of their race/ethnicity since the beginning of the pandemic (7). They have encountered greater racial slurs, suspicion, and concern that someone might hurt them (7).
LOWER HEALTH LITERACY
People of color, immigrants, non-English speakers, and individuals with low socioeconomic status tend to have lower health literacy (28).
There’s an urgent need to reduce the physical and social consequences of COVID for these communities. As a nation, we strive to promote health equity for all (29). Health equity is rooted in the idea that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach optimal health (6). Health inequities are unnecessary, avoidable, and unfair,(30) but they don’t have to remain this way.
We need your help so we can protect those who have been hit the hardest in Nevada. Help achieve health equity for all with OneCommunity.
what can you do to reduce the spread?
Until an effective vaccine is available for everyone, the best tools we have to reduce the impact of COVID-19 are prevention, testing, and contact tracing. Every person in our community plays an important role to make these tools work. Your actions make a difference.
Here’s how you can help reduce the spread:
- Stop the virus through everyday preventative actions
- Know when and how to get a test and where your nearest testing site is
- Work with contact tracers to help prevent outbreaks
If we continue to do these together, we’ll get through as #OneCommunity.
When social distancing isn’t an option for you, what do you do? Whether you are an essential worker, a person who uses public transportation, or someone who lives with roommates or a multigenerational household, take as many extra precautions as possible.
By taking extra steps to protect yourself, you help keep your household, and the whole community, safe from an outbreak.
HOW TO COPE WITH COVID
Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center
Asian Community Resource Center Churchill
Deaf Centers of Nevada
Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican Hospital
Dreamsicle Kids Foundation
High Sierra AHEC
Silver State Equality Institute
UNR Latino Research Center
#OneCommunity partners are dedicated to supporting our goal to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada by targeting those communities most affected. Check out our partners, who target specific groups and seek to spread awareness and solutions by:
Informing the campaign
Conducting focus groups to ensure community voice