Partnerships with 24 community organizations provide COVID-19 information and resource connections
Advancing racial and health equity and effective community engagement is an integral part of Ramsey County's COVID-19 response.
In November, the county’s COVID-19 Racial Equity and Community Engagement Response Team (RECERT) began a new round of partnerships with trusted messengers and community organizations to ensure Ramsey County's diverse racial, ethnic and cultural communities are informed about coronavirus, county services and community resources during the pandemic.
RECERT is partnering with a total of 24 organizations on three initiatives:
- Trusted messengers - Partners will share critical health messages to provide up-to-date, culturally and linguistically appropriate information and resources to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Community conversations - Partners will engage individuals, families and community groups in online and/or phone discussions to gather input and knowledge on community perceptions of COVID-19 and what is needed to slow the spread.
- Cultural community connectors - Partners will provide accurate and timely COVID-19 education, outreach and resource connections, and referrals to county and community services and information.
A total of $937,500 in funding is being invested in the community through these initiatives. The contracts will run through Dec. 30, 2020, and utilize federal funding provided to the county through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.