Community Health Workers & COVID-19
Look to this page for resources and news about how Community Health Workers are helping the fight against the coronavirus.
Resources in Minnesota
Minnesota COVID-19 Dashboard
Information on getting tested for COVID-19 in Minnesota
Find a testing site near you
Information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota
COVID-19 Vaccine Connector
MDH CHW COVID Safety Tips for CHWs
Got Your Shot March 2021 MDH Newsletter
For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
Mon.-Fri.: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Refugee and immigrant COVID-19 hotline 651-318-0989, Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm. Callers can also get information in any language on basic needs, distance learning support, employment, financial needs and the process towards citizenship.
African American Leadership Forum and Phyllis Wheatly Community Center have partnered to create the MN Black Community COVID-19 Hotline. Call 612-254-1145 for information about testing and resources for food security, physical and mental health, employment, housing, childcare, legal rights, and other issues stemming from the pandemic.
Translated videos on COVID-19
The following is a toolkit on mental well-being in COVID-19 from the Minnesota Department of Health that is now available in multiple languages!
#StayConnectedMN: Mental health during COVID-19 (Spanish):
#StayConnectedMN: Mental health during COVID-19 (Hmong): https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/suicide/documents/stayconnectedmn_hmong.pdf
#StayConnectedMN: Mental health during COVID-19 (Karen): https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/suicide/documents/stayconnectedmn_karen.pdf
#StayConnectedMN: Mental health during COVID-19 (Somali): https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/suicide/documents/stayconenctedmn_somali.pdf
#StayConnectedMN: Mental health during COVID-19 (English): https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/suicide/documents/stayconnectedmntoolkit.pdf
CHWs as Critical Infrastructure
Advancing CHW Engagement in COVID-19 Response, provided by the Community-Based Workforce Alliance
CHWs are approved to receive reimbursement for telehealth services, retroactive until March 19, 2020. Here is the link to the updated provider manual.
CHW Roles in Pandemic compiled at the CHW Supervisor Round Table and the CHW Circle meetings in April 2020.
CHWs are “Essential, Critical Infrastructure” Workers in US COVID19 Emergency Response: Read the March 19, 2020 guidance to states from the US Dept of Homeland Security-CHWs as Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers 3 19 2020
To Strengthen The Public Health Response To COVID-19, We Need Community Health Workers. Health Affairs. May 6,2020.
CHWs and COVID19 RESPONSE: CHWS and pandemic preparedness from Frontiers in Public Health.
Global and Local Community Health Workers as a Lifeline for Communities Facing Inequities in the Midst of COVID-19 and Beyond. White Paper: Community Health Workers and COVID-19 Writing Group. April 2020
Three Workforce Strategies to help COVID Affected Communities, Health. Health Affairs, May 9, 2020.
CDC Guidance on COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
Links and Education Materials
Guidance from the CDC on how to continue to protect yourself and others once you are fully vaccinated
CDC Resources on Community-Based Organizations: Educating Communities on the Importance of COVID-19 Vaccines
National Association of Community Health Workers COVID 19 Resources
Wellshare International COVID 19 page with resources in several languages.
TPT Public Television COVID 19 Resources in Several Languages
The Minnesota Department of Health Resources for COVID 19 Response
Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID 19
CDC Safety Practices for Critical Workers
FDA Multi Lingual COVID 19 Resources
CDC Resources for Community Health Workers, Community Health Representative, and Promotores de la Salud
COVID-19 FAQ resources in 32 languages