Diverse Elders Coalition Launches New COVID-19 Resource Hub


The COVID-19 pandemic has directly impacted older adults and caregivers in the United States. COVID-19 cases have surpassed 1 million, and there is at least one COVID-19 case in all 50 states. Individuals with weaker immune systems and underlying health conditions are most vulnerable to COVID-19, placing many older adults and people with disabilities at risk.

In our communities, COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on elders and caregivers, the challenges of which are exacerbated by existing health disparities and other socioeconomic factors, such as housing, poverty, lack of access to healthcare, and discrimination. It is not difficult to look in the news and see the disproportionate rates of COVID-19 infection among African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians. Additionally, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have had to grapple with xenophobic attacks along with the fear of COVID-19. Without culturally competent support and resources to address these racial/ethnic inequities, health disparities, and hate crimes, our diverse communities will continue to suffer at a rate much higher than the rest of the population.

The Diverse Elders coalition has launched a new online COVID-19 hub that shares information, support, and resources by and for communities of color, LGBT communities, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. These resources have been gathered from reliable, credible sources, including our six member organizations and other partners in the field serving diverse elders and family caregivers.

Click here to visit our new online COVID-19 resource hub.

The resources in the hub cover a variety of needs that we have heard about from our communities, such as:

We recognize that resources for our communities are regularly being developed, and we will continue to update our list to ensure that diverse elders, caregivers, and families are supported during this difficult time.

 

 

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Diverse Elders Coalition.