CAP IN ACTION
Trauma Prevention Initiative
Partnered with trauma centers, county departments and community stakeholders to decrease trauma disparities and reduce trauma injuries and deaths throughout Los Angeles County.
The Los Angeles County Trauma Prevention Initiative (TPI) serves to support intervention work with Hospital-based Intervention, Street Outreach and Community Violence Intervention. It provides Capacity Building through Peer-to-Peer Violence Prevention Learning and Training and Technical Assistance, and works in Prevention in communities through facilitated community engagement and strategic planning (CAP meeting) and implementing community identified prevention strategies.
WATCH: CNN calls MLKCH an “oasis-of-care in the healthcare desert of South LA.” This piece underscores how “the inequities in healthcare invite death” in our community. But in the darkness, we find light, as a once critically-ill COVID patient is reunited with the ICU team that saved her life.
LISTEN: National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” reports on how our “separate and unequal health system” has made the pandemic a deadly but predictable disaster in our community—one that is taking more and more lives each day.
READ:Gift shops, meditation rooms, field tents—these are the spaces where patients are being treated. The LA Times profiles how, in the face of a “crisis on top of a crisis,” our hospital managed “one hour at a time, one day at a time.”
Our community was already in crisis—COVID-19 has only increased the urgency. We have been focused on closing the healthcare gaps in South LA from the moment we began building our healthcare system. Thank you for joining us on this journey. We value your listening, sharing, and participating in these important conversations.
President, MLK Community Health Foundation
COVID-19 Testing “101” Briefing
Dear CCCEF partners,
On behalf of Community Partners and the leadership teams at the LA County Department of Public Health and Department of Health Services, we wanted to reach out to your organizations and share this statement by Dr. Barbara Ferrer from LA DPH regarding the traumatic events that took place on Tuesday March 16th in Georgia. For those of you who identify as being part of the Asian American community, we see you and want to be of support.
Please see the official statement made by Dr. Ferrer posted to twitter here: https://twitter.com/lapublichealth/status/1372632862466269187/photo/1
We know many of the Equity Fund partners serve diverse Asian American communities, and we wanted to share some resources that may be helpful for you:
Resources to report incidents + Bystander Intervention Trainings and Guide:
· Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Trainings/De-Escalation Trainings:https://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/
Organizations to Donate To:
· GoFundMe Stop AAPI Hate: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate
· Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta: https://www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/
· National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum- Georgia Chapter:https://www.napawf.org/chapters/georgia
· Vigilant Love - https://www.vigilantlove.org/
Social Media Efforts with Mental Health Resources:
· @asiansformentalhealth - Has a comment thread of therapists willing to provide reduced/free sessions to the AA community
· Laichientherapy - Offering AAPI folks pay as you wish group therapy
· @Subtleasianmentalhealth on Facebook - Offering free 1:1 supportive listening sessions
· Crisis Line - 1-800-273-TALK
· Asian Languages - 1-877-990-8585
· Crisis Text Line - Text “Connect” to 741741
LA County DPH Wellness Center Training Calendars
LA County DPH’s Wellness Centers offer various trainings by SPA. Please see below for those opportunities:
SPA1 – Antelope Valley
SPA3 – Antelope Valley
SPA4 – Hollywood- Wilshire
SPA6 – MLK Jr. Center for Public Health
SPA7 – Whittier
SPA8 – Curtis Tucker Center
Public Charge Update
On Monday, March 15, 2021, the California Department of Public Health released the below statement highlighting that the 2019 Public Charge rule is no longer in effect. Updated information is forthcoming through the LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs: https://oia.lacounty.gov/publiccharge/.
State of California
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY
State Health and Human Services Leaders Issue Joint Statement on Federal Public Charge Changes
SACRAMENTO – California’s health and human services leaders today issued the following joint statement on the Biden Administration’s announcement that it will no longer enforce the 2019 public charge final rule.
Joint statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly; California Department of Social Services Director Kim Johnson; California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón; and California Department of Health Care Services Director Will Lightbourne:
“Immigrants and their loved ones across California can seek and accept medical care, food assistance and public housing without fear or confusion, thanks to changes in federal policy. They won’t be forced to choose between getting help for basic needs and their ability to stay with their families in the United States.
To immigrant families in California, we want you to know that California fought to end this shameful policy and you should continue to use available public services that help you and your family thrive and be healthy. Remember that medical testing, treatment and preventative services for COVID-19, including vaccines, will not be considered for public charge purposes. If you have questions, you can find a list of nonprofit organizations providing legal immigration services on the California Department of Social Services website.
To providers across California administering health and social services programs, thank you! We are grateful for all you do to ensure that everyone has access to basic services. Your efforts further our collective work to build a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive California for All.”
For more information on federal changes to the public charge rule click here.
COMMUNICATION PRIORITIES FOR EQUITY FUND CBOS
Thanks to all who joined Wednesday’s COVID-19 “Testing 101” briefing with our LA County Department of Health Services team and Fenton. The briefing was held to convey the urgent need for CBOs to encourage testing and connect community members with free and accessible tests. Right now in LA County:
Vaccination is underway for those who are eligible.
Yet significant disparities persist – many of the communities most impacted by COVID-19 (notably in communities of color) still have the highest COVID-19 rates.
There is some immunity from vaccination and past infection in our community, BUT not enough people are immune to rule out another surge
Testing will help find people who have COVID-19 early and stop it from spreading. Equity Fund grants were set up for CBOs to connect residents with testing. Other community organizations are focusing more on vaccine messages and system navigation for the vaccine. But DHS is relying on Equity Fund CBOs to talk about testing.
We cannot thank you enough for the service and support you provide to our residents and to this campaign.
NEW RESOURCES FOR COVID-19 TESTING
On Wednesday’s COVID-19 testing briefing, LA County asked for your help to encourage testing and to connect community members with free and accessible tests. Check out these resources (which can also be found at https://toolkit.covidhelpla.org/):
Talking points about testing: Now available in English. Talking points in Chinese, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog will be added next week.
Slides from the presentation: Now available in English. Slides in Spanish will be added next week.
We will be working with CBOs to identify additional tools to support your outreach around testing. Thanks for your assistance!
NEW GRAPHICS FOR VACCINE COMMUNICATION
As noted above by the Department of Health Services, the Equity Fund’s campaign messaging priority is TESTING. At the same time, we know community members turn to CBOs with a range of questions. For that reason, new vaccine graphics from the Department of Public Health have been made available in the toolkit. These messages can be shared along with the priority testing communication. This week’s vaccine graphics and key messages were identified as priorities by CBOs:
Proof of citizenship is NOT required for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Vaccines are free and no health insurance is required.
Those with high-risk medical conditions and disabilities are now eligible to get vaccinated in LA County.
Equity Fund Slack Channel - We know there is a wealth of knowledge and expertise among our network of partners. We want your organizations to be able to communicate directly with one another to share ideas, updates, and answer each others questions. The Community Partners team can provide support if you have questions about joining this platform. To join the Slack channel click HERE.
Key Staff Contacts- A reminder to your organizations to please update this form with your key program and finance contacts from your staff: http://bit.ly/cccefcontacts.
Want to highlight your organization in a future week? Contact Community Partners email@example.com
Break The Silence
Community Reflections – Provides a food bank every Friday at 10020 S Western Ave., from 12pm-3pm. Please practice social distancing and wear your masks when you arrive. Recipients will receive 2 to 3 boxes of food; if you are walking to the agency, please bring a cart for these boxes.
Mental health needs and resources, please contact Kisha Thompson, LCSW, from the LA County Department of Mental Health at KThompson@dmh.lacounty.gov
Westmont Counseling Center – provides counseling for mental health needs. Please call us; we are getting a lot more calls these days, which is good and not good because it tells us that there is no question that our community has been negatively impacted on mental health. Call us at 323-531-0565. We are located at Western/Manchester, next door to Ralphs
I'm A Movement Not A Monument is hiring tutors for their Top 100! Tutoring program. Students will receive a stipend of $150 for their participation. This program will begin in January. This virtual tutoring program is open to students:
• Pre-K to 12th, from 3pm to 5:30
For more information log on to https://imamovement.org/ or
contact Duran at 310.493.8607 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Al Wooten, Jr., Youth Center –The tutoring program is free and meets Monday – Friday, form 2pm to 6pm. Al Wooten Jr, Youth Center: offering online private tutoring, 1-on-1 sessions for 45 mins per session, up to 3 sessions per week. The center is offering world languages and culture, Teen Talk, Girl Talk, all for free! This is offered for students in grades 3 to 12. For more information, go to www.wootencenter.org
Saving Lives Series Presents:
Healing Music For Peace
Mathew Sutton - Unity
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Office of Violence Prevention
Trauma Prevention Initiative