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Mass General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Supporting Vulnerable Communities

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workers in front of COVID-19 testing van

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.