In March of 2020 the Coronavirus caused a global pandemic forcing many throughout the world, including those in the United States, into their homes. During this time, we knew very little about how the virus spread, ways to protect ourselves and how much the world would be impacted. Although the pandemic has affected everyone in a multitude of ways, both physically and mentally, it has disproportionately impacted Black and LatinX communities throughout the United States.
According to the CDC, Latinos account for about 24% of the total Covid-19 cases in the United States. The rise in cases throughout the LatinX community has a direct correlation to pre-existing disparities that only worsened during the global pandemic. As we move into 2022, health officials are advising that many get booster shots for immunity against the Omicron variant.
Although the rise of the pandemic has resulted in mixed emotions, feelings of anxiety, guilt and overall despair. It has also provided an opportunity for many to show up for their community members in ways that embody social distancing and mask usage. A community based organization that has been actively promoting health for the LatinX community through programs, outreach and education is Mixteca.
“Mixteca is a second home for Latinx immigrants and their families to receive social-emotional support, education, and leadership skills necessary to achieve sustainable livelihoods and thrive in New York City.”
Beyond their programs, they also provide Covid-19 resources for Latino families located in New York City that include vaccination sites, ways to protect yourself and education on things like the symptoms of Covid-19. There are multiple organizations throughout the United States and internationally that provide the same kind of support and assistance for Latino community members. Including UnidosUS, the largest Latino focused non-profit organization in the United States. The organization advocates for public policy reforms, provides resources for mental and physical health, and conducts workforce development programs. Although the organization is multifaceted and serves the Latino community in a multitude of ways their principle focus is growth and development within the community.
With this in mind we want to encourage you all to support those around you during this time. Whether it is a phone call, wearing masks, offering childcare, sharing a meal or simply spreading kindness.