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

Minnesota COVID-19 Situation Updates:

Sign up for COVID-19 email updates at link above 

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

Your Shot to Summer Vaccine Rewards Program

 MDH CHW COVID Safety Tips for CHWs 

Got Your Shot March 2021 MDH Newsletter

#StaySafeMN media in Spanish

#StaySafeMN media in Somali

#StaySafeMN media in Russian

#StaySafeMN media in Amharic

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):

#StayConnectedMN: Mental health during COVID-19 (Karen):

#StayConnectedMN: Mental health during COVID-19 (Somali):

#StayConnectedMN: Mental health during COVID-19 (English):


CHWs as Critical Infrastructure

Advancing CHW Engagement in COVID-19 Responseprovided 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

HHS We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign Website, information available in multiple languages

Role of CHWs in COVID-19 Vaccination guide by the WHO

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