In Boston and the Greater Boston area, reports show that Latino, African American and vulnerable communities have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Hot spot” locations include Chelsea, Revere, Brockton, Hyde Park, Mattapan and East Boston. To help address this issue Partners has launched a Community Health COVID-19 strategy. The main goals of this strategy include:
- Expanding testing to better identify COVID-19 positive individuals in these communities
- Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 with door-to-door distribution of multilingual information and “care kits” with masks and other key items
- Identifying housing and support mechanisms for those individuals who are COVID-19 positive but cannot safely isolate at home without the risk of spread
- Creating routine channels of communication with community members, using care managers and community health workers, to focus on COVID-19 positive individuals and those at-risk to assess ability to isolate, symptoms and the need for additional service
Partners will be working with city and town authorities and community-based organizations to carry out these activities across the communities. Learn more about Brigham and Women’s mobile testing on CBS Boston.