COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges across the globe with New York City as the epicenter in this country.

Early on, we recognized that despite the copious amounts of information about COVID-19, many people lacked knowledge and awareness about the virus and its impact. In our communities and neighborhoods, the seriousness and reality of the pandemic did not set in for individuals until someone they knew, or themselves, became affected. This was partly due to the major gaps in access to resources in the most underserved communities, as well as the overreliance on virtual and digital tools to disseminate information.

Many of our community members were not connected to online resources, social media, and virtual platforms like Zoom. Although most faith leaders were conducting worship services online and were sources of pertinent information, many congregation members were not able to tune in. Furthermore, testing resources were sparse. On many occasions, we heard from community members that they stood in line for hours, only to be turned away because of limited supplies. In other instances, they simply did not know where to go to get tested.

Countless times during this pandemic, we have been reminded of the importance of community. For Black Health, this meant employing our community mobilization framework, which we implement with our faith-based partners in New York City and across the region. For over a decade, we have implemented this model to reduce the impact of HIV in the communities that we serve. Given the opportunity to establish new COVID-19 education programs across the five boroughs, we have:

  • Expanded upon our relationships with faith-based leaders because they trust us;
  • Improved upon the model by extending the work into block and tenant associations;
  • Engaged other community leaders to educate their neighbors; and
  • Leveraged stakeholders, gatekeepers, and volunteers who had established long-lasting relationships in and meaningful connections to their communities.

Key resources

Prioritizing Maternal Health Amid COVID-19 Webinar 11/08/2021

In partnership, Hunger Free NYC, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, National Black Leadership Commission on Health hosted this webinar to provide a safe space for pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum parents to have an open, honest conversation with trusted sources regarding the COVID-19 vaccines.

Walk-up COVID-19 Vaccination Locations for all New Yorkers

New York, NY(April 23, 2021) — There are currently 35 locations where New Yorkers are able to get vaccinated without an appointment.

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NYC Test & Trace Corps Press Release

New York, NY(January 14, 2021) — As the City continues to fight the winter surge of COVID-19 cases, the NYC Test & Trace Corps today announced the expansion of its partnership with Rapid Reliable Testing (RRT), a subsidiary of Ambulnz, to bring rapid antigen testing to its entire mobile testing fleet in order to reach more communities in need of convenient and safe testing at no cost. This new testing capacity is being added as demand for testing grows, where the City reached a new milestone of more than 100,000 tests per day for three days in a row from January 4-6.

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Black Health's response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges across the globe with New York City as the epicenter in this country. For the period of July to November 2020, the National Black Leadership Commission on Health (Black Health), along with other organizations, was funded by NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation, to establish a citywide Test and Trace program to combat threats of the pandemic in Black communities with zip codes reporting the highest rates.

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COVID-19 Presentation

COVID-19 is a NEW virus. This means that our bodies have ZERO antibodies that recognize this virus. We don’t know how to cure it, but we DO know how to prevent it. The information provided in the following powerpoint presentation is intended for your general knowledge and is not a substitute for professional medical advice from a health care provider. Information is gathered and shared from reputable sources and may change throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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