MIS-C: Multisystemic Inflammation Syndrome in Children – One Family’s Story

MIS-C is affecting children and youth who have been around people with Coronavirus. MIS-C stands for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children and it can affect the heart and arteries, causing permanent damage, or in some cases, death. This video can help you to spot the symptoms for MIS-C and learn what to do if your child is affected.

This video is a product of the United Against Covid Coalition, with support from the Ravi & Naina Patel Foundation. Featuring the work of Print Gonzalez, Together Pictures, Dawn Valadez and CB Smith-Dahl 

MIS-C está afectando a nuestros niños y jóvenes. MIS-C es Syndrome Multisystemica Inflammatorio de Niños. Puede afectar el corazón y los arterios, causar daño permanente o grave. Este video muestra los signos de MIS-C y que debes hacer si están afectados.

Este video es un producto de United Against Covid Coalition, con el apoyo de Ravi & Naina Fundación Patel. Presenta el trabajo de Print Gonzalez, Together Pictures, Dawn Valadez y CB Smith-Dahl

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Agricultural Workers

As members of the United Against COVID-19 (UAC) Coalition we are partnering with the state to host vaccination clinics, specifically targeting agricultural workers.
David Head Center, 10300 San Diego St., Lamont, 93241. About 500 doses will be administered at this location.Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Sunday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
El Mercado Latino, 1999 Edison Hwy, Bakersfield, 93305. About, 300 doses will be administered at this location.Sunday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Agricultural workers can register for the vaccination by calling (661) 383-2588.

NEW Vaccine Clinic Location! Memorial Hall, 712 E Washington Ave Earlimart, CA 93219. 10 AM – 7 PM. March 22 – 23. STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO RSVP BY CALLING (661) 557-8025.

#togethertowardhealth #VaccinateCalifornia #EndThePandemic #COVID #COVID19 #COVIDVaccine #Vaccine

“Mask Up!” – Dolores Huerta Foundation PSA

Vaccine distribution in California is ramping up and more folks are receiving their doses. While we are well on our way to #EndThePandemic, we must still keep our distance, wash our hands and wear a mask until health professionals tell us we’re in the clear! Flex your defense when it is your turn. #EndThePandemic #VaccinateCalifornia

Learn more at covid19.ca.gov/vaccines.

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“Why I Mask” – Dolores Huerta Foundation PSA

“Why I Mask” – Dolores Huerta Foundation PSA

Wearing a mask is vital for your community. Communities of color are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Protect yourself and your loved ones.

Usar una mascarilla es vital para su comunidad. Las comunidades de color están siendo afectadas de manera desproporcionada por COVID-19. Protéjase y proteja a sus familias.

#MaskUp #StopTheSpread #EndThePandemic #COVID19 #SocialDistance #WearAMask

Kern County expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines as state begins to take over distribution.

ARVIN’S VETERANS HALL WILL BE A COVID VACCINATION SITE. This is crucial as the surrounding communities often house essential agricultural workers.

Gavin Newsom reported via @cagovernor Instagram, “We’re taking steps to get #COVID19 vaccines to the hardest-hit communities. With a partnership with OptumServe & counties, we’re opening up to 11 vaccine sites, like here in Arvin. We are also increasing supply by 58% to the Central Valley & allocating 34k doses to farmworkers.”

#GetVaccinated #COVID19 #COVIDVACCINE #MaskUp #WearAMask

Pictured below is Governor Newsom & DHF South Kern Organizer Luisa.

Distributing Masks to Central Valley Essential Workers

Distributing Masks to Central Valley Essential Workers

Thank you Local Hearts Foundation for your donation of 10,000 masks! Dolores Huerta Foundation Organizers Luisa and Angel spent their week distributing to some of #CentralValley’s #essentialworkers in the fields of Parlier, Lindsay and Strathmore, California. Each person also received a workers rights resource flyer to ensure they are informed of their rights during these unprecedented times. These vulnerable professionals are not likely to receive PPE from employers. They are often working outdoors in conditions of poor air quality – and are statistically most likely to be working alongside someone with COVID-19. Access to these masks will save lives.

DHF Covid-19 Holiday PSA Video

DHF Covid-19 Holiday PSA Video

We are excited to launch our first in a series of three Covid-19 Educational PSA’s targeting the Latino community. This video series is a part of a larger effort, in conjuction with the United Against Covid19 Coalition and with financial support from the Patel Foundation, to address the need for Latino families to stay informed about best practices to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

As you may know, the Latino community has been disproportionately ravaged by the pandemic. The vulnerability of Latino communities to COVID-19 can arise from many factors, including differential exposure, susceptibility, and access to health care. Many Latino people work in frontline jobs in grocery stores, waste management, cleaning and sanitation services, and food delivery, putting them at constant exposure to people or materials that may be infected with COVID-19. 

The series of Educational Covid 19 videos in Spanish will be used to disseminate information about COVID-19 through social media and traditional media platforms. 

We all have a part in helping to promote fair access to health. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must work together to ensure that people have resources to maintain and manage their physical and mental health, including easy access to information, affordable testing, and medical and mental health care. We need programs and practices that fit the communities where racial and minority groups live, learn, work, play, and worship.

Please share this video message with your friends, family, and loved ones this holiday season.

Celebrate the holidays with the family you live with.
Celebra las fiestas de Navidad con quien vives. 

Coronavirus is impacting our communities. We can stop it. Help us get the word out that “We are safer at home.” 
La Coronavirus esta afectando la gente. Si, podemos pararla. Para que la gente saben que “En Casa Estamos Más Seguros.” 

https://fb.watch/2y2cJzLxqt/

This video is a product of the United Against Covid Coalition, with support from the Ravi & Naina Patel Foundation. https://www.rnpfoundation.org 
Featuring the work of Daniel Gozalez, Printgonzalez and Dawn Valadez CB Smith-Dahl, TogetherPix

We wish you a very safe and joyful holiday season! We are forever grateful for you and your continued support.

¡Si Se Puede!
Dolores Huerta Foundation

Annual Celebrity Golf Classic Postponed

Annual Celebrity Golf Classic Postponed

Out of an abundance of precaution for the health and safety of our friends and supporters, we regret to inform you that we have decided to postpone this year’s Annual Celebrity Golf Classic until a time when we feel more certain that we can all gather safely. #AloneTogether #SiSePuede #DHF

FREE Community Based COVID-19 Testing

FREE Community Based COVID-19 Testing

Free #COVID19 testing is now available for all Valley residents! Visit: www.projectbaseline.com to register for an appointment TODAY!

Hours of Operation:

Sunday – Friday
8 am -11 am & 12 pm-2 pm

Location:

1126 South P Street, Gate 26
Bakersfield, CA 93307

An appointment is required to get tested. No walk-ups are allowed. This site is drive-thru only. All individuals are to remain in their cars, with windows up, during the entire test process.

Se requiere una cita para la prueba. No se permiten visitas sin cita previa. Este sitio es solo para pruebas de paso. Todas las personas deben permanecer en sus coches durante todo el proceso de prueba.

DOLORES HUERTA FOUNDATION PROMOTES FREE COVID-19 TESTING IN KERN COUNTY

Dolores Huerta and Leticia Perez encourage Kern County residents to get tested for Covid-19 to safely reopen society

MEDIA CONTACT: Damairis Lao | dlao@doloreshuerta.org

[BAKERSFIELD, CA]  WEDNESDAY, MAY 13TH, 2020- The Dolores Huerta Foundation in collaboration with Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez have created videos in English and Spanish to promote the new Covid-19 testing sites in Bakersfield to share widely on social media. Press is asked to air the videos and publish Dolores’ statement to spread awareness to the local community.

According to the Kern County Public Health Services Department, Hispanic people make up over 65% of Covid-19 cases in Kern County, a higher rate than all other ethnic groups combined. Many are at a higher risk because they are essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic. Yet, there are more barriers for Hispanic communities to access important health information and resources, in part because of language barriers or fear over their undocumented status. In order to control this pandemic, it is critical that special efforts be made to reach out to this community. More information about the testing site location, operating hours, and appointment process is provided in the transcript below.

Transcription:

“Hi, this is Dolores Huerta, bringing you information about testing for the Covid-19 virus that is free and open to everyone regardless of symptoms. The entire test takes only 15 minutes and the test results can be mailed to you within 24 hours at your email address and people can get tested as many times as they want. But remember to get tested, you have to make an appointment ahead of time. You can register at ProjectBaseline.com.

The testing site for Covid-19 is at the Richard Prado Center, 2101 Ridge Road at Mt. Vernon. The site is open from Sunday through Friday from 8 am to 11 am and from noon 12 to 2 pm. It is closed on Saturdays. This special test site at the Richard Prado Center is for us, our communities of color and our low-income communities, so that we can have access to free, safe, reliable testing and also to get information so that we can open up our society in a responsible way to make sure everyone is safe.

But we need your help to encourage everyone to get tested so that we can limit the risk of exposure. It is important to get tested whether you have symptoms or not to protect yourself, your family, and our communities. We can do this. ¡SI SE PUEDE!”

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City of Arvin Announces Safe Routes to School Outreach Events, Thur. 5/2/19

City of Arvin Announces Safe Routes to School Outreach Events, Thur. 5/2/19

On Thursday May 2, 2019 at 6 p.m., the City of Arvin in collaboration with the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the LGC, Alta Planning, and community members will hold outreach events at the Arvin Veteran’s Hall (at 4th and A Street) to seek public comments and participation for Arvin’s Safe Routes to School Plan.

The City aims to increase the safety of active transportation by engaging the schools, parents, students and community resident’s awareness and creating a collaborative plan to keep students safe as they walk, bike, and skateboard to school. The meetings will be held in Spanish and English, and childcare and refreshments will be provided.

DHF in Action: Teresa Coria presented “Champion Cultivator” Community Resident Leader Award, 4/12/17

DHF in Action: Teresa Coria presented “Champion Cultivator” Community Resident Leader Award, 4/12/17

DHF in Action: Teresa Coria presented the Cultiva la Salud “Champion Cultivator” Community Resident Leader award for Kern County

On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, Dolores Huerta Foundation Health Program Staff attended the Cultiva La Salud (Cultivating Health) 10 Year Celebration in Fresno.

Cultiva La Salud’s “Cultivator” Awards honor extraordinary individuals who have worked to cultivate healthier communities through policy, system and environmental improvements that support healthy eating and active living.

This year Teresa Coria received the “Champion Cultivator” Community Resident Leader award for Kern County. She is an active Arvin Cultiva La Salud Health Committee member and a Zumba instructor at the Haven Drive Middle School Gym.

Teresa is from Mexico City. She studied dance therapy and worked as a dance instructor for many years before moving to this country. Teresa took initiative to start a Zumba dance group in Arvin and has continued to give classes, free of charge, for the past seven years.

With the support of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she was able to establish a joint-use with the Arvin Union School District. This helped to secure a long-term, safe space where residents can meet for physical activity on a weekly basis.

She was very surprised and excited to receive the award. She said she was not expecting this award and that she was proud to work with the Dolores Huerta Foundation and grateful for all the support she received to accomplish the important goal of making fitness more available to the community. She mentioned that without the Cultiva La Salud committees none of this would have ever happened in Arvin. 

She said, “Before Dolores Huerta Foundation’s program Cultiva La Salud came to Arvin the community was not allowed to use school facilities to exercise. Now we feel welcomed and we are allowed to use the fairly new gymnasium at the Haven Drive School.”

The award presented is yarn handmade artwork by the Huichol community.

DHF in Action: The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Resolution Adopted by the City of Arvin, 12/6/16

DHF in Action: The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Resolution Adopted by the City of Arvin, 12/6/16

Congratulations to the Cultiva la Salud team for their efforts in drafting and successfully passing the The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Resolution!

Cultiva la Salud Health Policy Organizers, Yesenia Ocampo and Elizabeth Martinez, worked with the DHF Vecinos Unidos (United Neighbors) and the Arvin City Council to draft language that ensures Arvin’s General Plan will embrace policies that facilitate activities to promote healthier lifestyles and communities, including healthy diet and nutrition and adoption of city design and planning principles that enable citizens of all ages and abilities to undertake exercise.

On, Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, Camila Chavez, DHF Executive Director, and James Guzman, Co-Captain of Unidad en Piez y Ruedas (Unity in Feet and Wheels) Vecinos Committee, spoke in support of the resolution at the Arvin City Council Meeting and the board voted unanimously to approve it.

Read the full language of the HEAL Resolution by clicking on this link Arvin HEAL Resolution PDF Version

Weaving Movements Newsletter 2016: Health and Safety

Weaving Movements Newsletter 2016: Health and Safety

Health and Safety

DHF Health Policy Organizers, Elizabeth Martinez and Yesenia Ocampo, worked with Vecinos Unidos “United Neighbors” of Arvin and Greenfield to establish health and safety committees.

The “Always Fresh” committee collaborated with the Kern County Department of Public Health to conduct the “Smart Lunch Room Assessment” Training along with a cafeteria site visit to assess the cultural relevancy of the foods being served and provide their input for improving the meals and reducing food waste. Many parents became active in the Arvin Union School District (AUSD) Wellness Committee meetings.

They successfully advocated for a policy promoting the purchasing of goods or services from local suppliers benefiting student eating habits, the local economy, and environmental quality. In 2016, 25% of the produce served in school meals was purchased within a 200 mile radius of the Kern County line. That percentage is set to increase every year, with 75% achieved in 2021.

The “Comets for Open Schools” committee facilitated a joint-use agreement between the Arvin Zumba Group and AUSD allowing the use of the gym and cafeteria at Haven Drive Middle School for Zumba classes during the week – an agreement 5 years in the making.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation in partnership with Cultiva La Salud* “Cultivating Health” is working to reduce health disparities among Latinos in Arvin and Greenfield through interventions that address poor nutrition and physical inactivity.

DHF helped organize Fairview Elementary School in Greenfield and the Arvin Union School District to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 5, 2016. Thousands of students in the Central Valley walked to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

Funding is provided by the Public Health Institute, through funding from The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Promoting Physical Activity

In April “Unity in Feet and Wheels” organized a Walking School Bus Event to promote physical activity, teach children pedestrian safety and help to raise awareness about walking and bicycle infrastructure needs in the city. That morning, 3rd grader, Jose Gallegos exclaimed, “This is so fun! I wish we could do it every day!” Jose got his wish. The event was so successful, that it inspired administrators at Sierra Vista Elementary School to work with committee members to launch a daily Walking School Bus Program. In addition, the Unidad en Piez y Ruedas “Unity in Feet and Wheels” Vecinos committee received training on how to effectively advocate through the 2016-2017 District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP.) The committee members attended the LCAP hearing and made recommendations, which led to the allocation of funds for Safe Routes To School district wide.

Leadership Development

Farmworker, Lorena Rojas is a Spanish-speaking mother of three. She met DHF Organizer, Elizabeth Martinez, at a Health Fair at Haven Drive Middle School in Arvin. She attended her first Cultiva la Salud meeting in June 2015 and joined the “Always Fresh” committee working on improving access to healthy food and school wellness policies. She attended DHF parent training workshops where she learned the importance of parent engagement, her rights as a parent, and the structure and function of the school and district. Lorena gained valuable public speaking skills and learned how to make an effective presentation to decision makers. She became active in pushing for a school environment that promotes students’ health, well being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. She joined school parent committees such as the English Learner Advisory Committee at the school and district level. After attending the “Gardens in Schools” Training, she began advocating for a community garden at Sierra Vista Elementary School. School administrators now recognize Lorena as a voice of the community. Her community work has inspired changes at home as well. She’s started her own garden, and is now feeding her own family a diet lower in fat and sugar and higher in nutrient rich vegetables and grains. (Pictured right)

CLS organizes educational trainings, fun events and programs. In 2017, CLS will launch the first bike share program (bike library) in South Kern.

Health Advocacy

The Tulare Vecinos Unidos “United Neighbors” continued to learn about increasing opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity to reduce the prevalence of obesity and chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes in their community. They participated in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) aimed at improving nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low-income families, particularly those with young children. They attended a Project LEAN training focused on helping parents engage in Local School Wellness Policies. DHF Tulare Organizer Irlanda Ramirez, provided additional training to 70 parents on how to advocate for policy improvement at their local school district.

Parents regularly attended Woodlake School District board meetings and made public comments. Through their advocacy, they reactivated a, nearly defunct, School District Wellness Council.

The Tulare Vecinos Parent Committee began working, last year, on a plan to promote a Farm to School Procurement Program in which students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. It became official school policy this fall, empowering children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy.

Woodlake Vecino, Maria Teresa Serrano Lara said, “Taking these classes has completely changed my life. Before, my family and I only drank soda. Now we drink nothing but water. I used to have high cholesterol, and now I’m fine. I participate in all this, because I enjoy helping the community. It’s important for our children’s health!”

In May, DHF joined a statewide coalition for a day of action in
Sacramento to encourage legislators to support SB 1418 and
SB 10 to expand health care coverage to all Californians.

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