PHI and its programs are working rapidly to respond to COVID-19, on local, national and global levels. PHI’s programs are working within and alongside our most-impacted communities, creating a workforce from within impacted neighborhoods, working with trusted messengers and community-based organizations to dismantle barriers to vaccine access, and partnering with private, governmental and philanthropic sectors to bolster efforts.
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Supporting communities in responding to COVID-19 with public health best practices
Because of the speed with which new information, policies and recommendations related to COVID-19 are being updated, we are linking directly to many of our program source materials, and including time stamps so you know how recently information has been updated.
- See our full list of COVID-19 resources and information.
- See employment opportunities related to COVID-19.
- See resources and strategies for increasing access to vaccines.
For the most updated guidelines on COVID-19 vaccinations, transmission, treatment and protection, visit the CDC website.
Dismantling barriers to vaccine access
Structural and systemic barriers mean that the people who are hardest hit by the pandemic—including Black and brown people, immigrants and essential workers—have less access to vaccines. We know what is working: investing in trusted community experts, organizations and networks, using culturally resonant primary language materials and outreach, and bringing down barriers to accessing vaccines. Explore PHI resources for building better vaccine access in your community.See resources, tools, videos & more
- 548 California community-based organizations, working as experts in their own communities thanks to PHI's Together Toward Health
- 93% of PHI's Tracing Health contact tracing hires were bilingual/bi-cultural & community-based
- 372K+ people connected to essential needs and resources in response to COVID-19, thanks to PHI's Communities RISE Together
Utilizing Creative Approaches to Increase Vaccine Uptake and Meet the Needs of Vulnerable Communities
Well-being Clinics Key to Building Trust, Advancing Vaccine Equity in African American and Refugee Communities
‘Act of Love’ COVID-19 Campaign Utilizes Cultural Approach to Empower American Indian, Alaskan Native Communities
Lifting Up Community Stories through Art: Changing the Cultural Narrative to Advance Racial Justice and Increase Vaccine Equity
Increasing Access to COVID-19 Vaccines: How Trusted Messengers Cultivate Interdependence and Break Through Barriers
Farmworkers, Queer Networks, Black Communities and More: Partnering to Serve Communities in the San Joaquin Valley
Disbursing $14.7 Million in Weeks, so Communities Could Mobilize Vaccinations in LA’s Highest-impacted Areas
PHI is Leading the Conversation
PHI Experts Working on this Issue:
Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP
Safely Opening Schools
Lynn Silver, Researcher
California Alliance for Prevention Funding
Barbara Cohn, PhD, MPH, AB
Director and Senior Research Scientist,
Child Health and Development Studies
Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Center for Health Leadership and Impact,
Center for Health Leadership and Impact
Tracy Delaney, PhD, BS
Healthy Places Index (HPI)
Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Achieving Resilient Communities (ARC)
Susan Watson, MPH
PHI Program Representative to the Board of Directors Program Director,
Together Toward Health
California Adolescent Health Collaborative
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