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COVID-19 and Minority/Vulnerable Populations: Resources for Outreach and Protection of At-Risk Individuals in a COVID-19 Environment
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Topic Collection: COVID-19 and Minority/Vulnerable Populations: Resources for Outreach and Protection of At-Risk Individuals in a COVID-19 Environment

This collection provides resources to engage and protect minority and vulnerable populations in the COVID-19 environment.

Please refer to CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage for the most up-to-date information on Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups.

If you are an IHE and have COVID-19 plans, tools, or templates to share with your peers, please visit the ASPR TRACIE Information Exchange COVID-19 Information Sharing Page (registration required) and place your resources under the COVID-19 Response Assistance Field Team Observations Topic.

NOTE: inclusion of any reference in this document does not constitute an endorsement, acknowledgment, or suggestion that the reference is the only or best example for that topic. References are included as examples that were provided as suggestions at the time the document was developed.

All guidance posted is accessible to the public, and non-federal resources are noted with an asterisk (*). Linking to a non-federal website does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. government, or any of its employees, of the information and/or products presented on that site. 

Allegheny County Health Department, Pennsylvania. (2020). Foreign Language Information on COVID-19 *.
This website includes links to health department alerts and guidance related to COVID-19 in multiple languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Nepali, Spanish, and Swahili.
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American Diabetes Association. (2020). COVID-19: Community Health Worker Resources *.
This website provides COVID-19 resources for community health workers including webinars and cases studies on their role during emergency response efforts.
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American Hospital Association. (2020). Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities *.
This taskforce report outlines nine emerging strategies that can help preserve access to healthcare services in vulnerable rural and urban communities.
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American Psychiatric Association. (2020). Coronavirus, Mental Health and African Americans *.
This fact sheet explains how COVID-19 is affecting African American populations and offer tips to manage stress with links to crisis hotlines.
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This fact sheet explains how COVID-19 is affecting Hispanic populations in the United States and offers tips to manage stress with links to crisis hotlines.
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This fact sheet explains how COVID-19 is affecting people from indigenous populations in the United States and offer tips to manage stress with links to crisis hotlines.
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This website provides COVID-19 Information and fact sheets in Spanish. The site includes links to federal, state, and local resources related to COVID-19 medical screening, rent and mortgage concerns, food and utilities assistance, and mental health.
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This webinar explores opportunities for health systems and plans to work with community health workers and health promoters to support high-need individuals and address long-term impacts of COVID-19.
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California Department of Social Services (CDSS). (2020). CDSS Project Roomkey/Housing and Homelessness COVID Response *.
This resource toolkit identifies non-congregate shelter options for people experiencing homelessness to recuperate and properly quarantine outside of a hospital.
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Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. (2020). COVID-19 Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers *.
This website provides resources from the vantage point of supportive housing providers, to help agencies support their residents, staff, and community.
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Chicago Department of Public Health. (2020). COVID-19: Guidance for Homeless Shelters *.
This guidance is intended to support shelters as they accommodate people experiencing homelessness during reopening.
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City of Chicago. (2020). COVID-19 Latest Guidance *.
This guidance is for sick and exposed individuals, children and families, vulnerable populations, and critical infrastructure workers.
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This webpage provides multilingual resources to help schools and communities communicate more effectively with families of English language learners and immigrant students about COVID-19.
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Council on Criminal Justice. (2020). COVID-19, Jails, and Public Safety *.
This report examines reductions in jail population density due to COVID-19 transmission risk and potential public safety consequences.
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This report examines COVID-19 infection rates and mortality in correctional facilities and describes differences in such rates among states.
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County of Los Angeles Public Health. (2020). Racial, Ethnic & Socioeconomic Data & Strategies Report *.
This report disaggregates COVID-19 data by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status in LA County and reviews strategies to address COVID-19 inequities.
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County of Peoria, Illinois. (2020). Reopening Guidelines (Jail) *.
This document provides guidelines for individuals entering court and jail facilities.
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This is a resource hub for COVID-19 public health-related information in over 500 different languages.
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Federal Bureau of Prisons. (2020). COVID-19: Modified Operations Plan.
This webpage identifies the Bureau of Prison’s modified operational conditions to mitigate COVID-19 spread.
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Florida Department of Corrections. (2020). COVID-19 Information *.
This website provides COVID-19 case data for correctional facilities in Florida and information related to the health, safety, and security of FDC staff and inmates.
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Harris County Public Health. (2020). COVID-19 Information and Fact Sheets *.
This website provides links to COVID-19 information, in multiple languages, including Community Health Guides for diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and races.
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This website provides COVID-19 guidance for behavioral health and homelessness care providers. This includes telehealth, implementing infection control, and serving individuals at risk or suspected of having COVID-19.
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Hawaii Department of Public Safety. (2020). COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan *.
This website provides the COVID-19 response plan and case data for corrections facilities in Hawaii.
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This website provides links to resources related to homeless individuals in Hawaii, including behavioral health, social services, and guidance for shelters and encampments.
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This article describes how a local Marshallese community COVID-19 task force team worked to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
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Illinois Department of Corrections. (2020). COVID-19 Resources and FAQs *.
This website provides COVID-19 case data for Illinois corrections facilities as well as department communications, such as memos, to men and women in custody.
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This website provides, statistics, news, and policy decisions relevant to the impact of COVID-19 on Iowa’s state prisons and county jails.
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La Clinica del Pueblo. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19): Historias *.
This website provides COVID-19 infographics in Spanish on masking, social distancing, handling stress, and information on COVID-19 testing facilities in the local DMV (DC-MD-VA) area.
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Mecklenburg County Government, North Carolina. (2020). Outreach Toolkit for Targeted Populations *.
This toolkit informs vulnerable communities about COVID-19 and includes English and Spanish flyers, infographics, digital images, and talking points.
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This website shares COVID-19 Information and fact sheets in various languages that are targeted for community health workers.
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Michigan Department of Corrections. (2020). COVID-19 Preparedness Plan *.
This guidance addresses both the office environment and correctional facility operations to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.
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Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19). Resources for Homeless Assistance Providers *.
This website provides homeless assistance providers with links to multiple COVID-19 resources including webinars and toolkits.
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Missouri Department of Corrections. (2020). COVID-19 Updates *.
This website provides information on COVID-19 mitigation efforts in facilities within the Missouri Department of Corrections.
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This article highlights how some states are approaching high rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths in communities of color. There are recommendations from state task forces that target response efforts and address inequities in communities most impacted.
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National Alliance to End Homelessness. (2020). Racial Disparities During COVID-19 *.
This spreadsheet tool helps homelessness systems streamline data collection to identify and address racial inequities in testing, treatment, and appropriate service delivery.
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National Association of Community Health Workers. (2020). COVID-19 Resources *.
This website provides materials and articles that promote the understanding of CHW roles to strengthen the COVID-19 public health response and to facilitate partnerships between CHWs and professional associations, policy and advocacy organizations, health care providers, and others.
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National League of Cities. (2020). Getting Residents Online in a Pandemic Crisis *.
This blog and recorded webinar address steps local leaders can take to help low-income and vulnerable families access broadband connections and devices to gain internet access.
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North Dakota Indian Affairs. (2020). COVID-19 Tribal Information *.
This website provides COVID-19 guidelines for the North Dakota tribal population.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2020). Federal Resource Toolkit for State and Local Agencies Serving Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Emergency. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This toolkit provides numerous resources specific to Region 3 (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV), for state and local agencies serving vulnerable populations.
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Ohio Minority Health Strike Force. (2020). COVID-19 Ohio Minority Health Strike Force Blue Print *.
This document provides actionable recommendations to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 and other health outcomes to improve overall well-being for communities of color in Ohio.
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Orlando Economic Partnership. (2020). COVID-19 Research and Impact Planning Center *.
This website provides tools and resources to identify vulnerable populations and learn about the economic impact of COVID-19 on the 7-county region located around Orlando.
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This guidance provides recommendations for outreach workers, police, or others who are assessing COVID-19 risk at locations where people are living on the streets.
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This guidance provides recommendations for homeless service providers setting up and operating Safe Sleeping Villages, which are designated outdoor areas to access services.
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This resource list is intended to support city staff in centering racial equity in quick decision-making where deep community engagement may not be possible.
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South Carolina Department of Corrections. (2020). COVID-19 Action Plan *.
This document provides measures that are being deployed by the South Carolina Department of Corrections to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
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State of Hawaii Department of Public Safety. (2020). Pandemic Response Plan COVID-19 *.
This document includes infection prevention and control information for correctional facilities related to a COVID-19 response.
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The COVID Tracking Project - The Atlantic Monthly Group. (2020). The COVID Racial Data Tracker *.
This webpage provides an online dataset that compiles race and ethnicity data that states report for several COVID-19 data categories, including number of cases and deaths.
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This fact sheet provides links to steps HHS has taken to address the disparate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.
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This webpage includes the HHS Announcement of a partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine to coordinate a strategic network of national, state, territorial, tribal, and local organizations to deliver COVID-19-related information to communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (2020). Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times *.
This COVID-19 toolkit provides user-friendly, evidence-based resources to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Translations are provided for nine languages including Polish, Swedish, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and Arabic.
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Urban Indian Health Institute. (2020). COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) *.
This website provides resources and fact sheets for tribes and urban Indian organizations and communities related to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak.
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Urban Indian Health Institute, Seattle Indian Health Board. (2020). Best Practices for American Indian and Alaska Native Data Collection *.
This document identifies practices for collecting complete and accurate COVID-19 data on American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
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Urban Indian Health Institute, Seattle Indian Health Board. (2020). COVID-19 and Homeless American Indians and Alaska Natives *.
This webinar identifies care practices for American Indian and Alaska Native populations who are experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.
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Virginia Department of Corrections. (2020). Virginia Correctional Facilities COVID-19 Plan *.
his website provides guidance on early release and re-entry resources programs.
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Virginia Department of Health - Office of Health Equity. (2020). COVID-19 Response Efforts for Vulnerable Populations *.
This website identifies programs and services that focus on strengthening the health of rural communities, minorities, underemployed, and uninsured citizens. While specific to the state of Virginia, the programs, tools, and resources noted may be valuable for emergency planners in other jurisdictions.
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This COVID-19 Harm Reduction Toolkit provides fact sheets, tips, and guidance for people who use drugs, engage in sex work, are unhoused, and the stakeholders who work with these communities.
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Wisconsin Department of Health Services. (2020). COVID-19: Language, Graphic, and Print Resources *.
This website provides COVID-19 language, graphic, and print resources in various languages, including American Sign Language videos.
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