PRIORITIES | PRIORIDADES
The Illinois Latino COVID-19 Initiative asks all stakeholders to address and find resolutions to the following:
1. Develop mechanisms to improve data collection. Latinos are not being properly categorized with respect to COVID-19 testing, morbidity and mortality. We want to work with your office to a) reduce the 1/3 of missing information that currently occurs related to testing and mortality; and b) obtain ethnic breakdown by different Latino groups by national origin, by census tracts, small communities (urban or rural areas) with large Latinos, and by age and gender, etc.. This requires reviewing and recoding the existing data so we can ensure an accurate count.
2. Increase testing sites with a high number of Latinx (in proportion to the population); develop linguistic and culturally-appropriate educational materials on clinical guidelines for testing, hospitalization, and stay at home. Increase testing facilities that feels friendly to immigrants in those communities (National Guard testing may feel intimidating to immigrants). Consider providing to persons with positive results, a kit with a thermometer and an oxygen meter to help them to monitor their conditions.
3. Examine current administrative forms that are being used to obtain information, for reporting hospital Emergency Room visits or for reporting people hospitalized for COVID-19 related conditions in hospitals and clinic to ensure that information is not required that would deter non-citizens from receiving services, and to plan a culturally –and linguistically effective way for government entities to engage in contact-tracing and follow–up of Latino/Latinx for COVID-19 conditions. Some of this could be done in partnership with and by leveraging the resources of community-based organizations.
4. Provide to Latinx (and other groups) that had positive test results with a kit of items that may include a thermometer, oxygen meter, bilingual educational materials about how to protect themselves and other family members, and information on when to go to the hospital or when to stay home. There are materials in English but translation is needed by bilingual and bicultural professional staff. An access helpline in Spanish will also be very helpful.
5. Provide temporary housing to Latino essential workers who have tested positive and cannot maintain social distancing at home due to overcrowdedness. This information should also be on the access helpline in Spanish.
6. Use professional bilingual and bicultural personnel to translate and update on a regular basis COVID-19 educational and outreach materials.
7. Develop a Plan to protect immigrants and undocumented workers with outreach and relief efforts and to advocate for protections and inclusion of these groups in federal stimulus relief efforts at the federal level.
8. Plan, develop, and implement a bilingual educational campaign in the Latino communities targeting small businesses, and those working in meat packaging and other industries and the service sectors. Employers are violating employer labor laws.
9. Identify the resources that have been invested in Covid-19 across various communities and release this information in a transparent manner in order to ensure equity in the distribution of COVID-19 resources.
10. Work in partnership with the Illinois Latino COVID-19 Initiative and the Latino community-based organizations to develop a plan to engage in cultural and linguistic appropriate strategies for contact-tracing.