Help Make Our Community a Better Place
Dear Community Member,

"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein

Soon this time will pass, if you find yourself in a safe quarentine enviornment do not miss the opportunity to spend more time with your family, talk with your kids, find a new hobby! If you are in an unsafe quarentine environment, help if available, here are several resources that can help:

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto or text LOVEIS to 22522

National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Omaha Crime Stoppers 402-444-7867

Nebraska Regional Poison Center 1-800-222-1222

Please wear a mask, stay home and stay healthy!

Carey Pomykata
Executive Director, Coalition Rx

In The News
What Do Coronavirus Racial Disparities Look Like State By State?
By Maria Godoy & Daniel Wood, NPR
"NPR analyzed COVID-19 demographic data collected by the  COVID Racial Tracker,  a joint project of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center and the COVID Tracking Project. This analysis compares each racial or ethnic group's share of infections or deaths — where race and ethnicity is known — with their share of population. Here's what it shows: 

  • Nationally, African-American deaths from COVID-19 are nearly two times greater than would be expected based on their share of the population. In four states, the rate is three or more times greater. 
  • In 42 states plus Washington D.C., Hispanics/Latinos make up a greater share of confirmed cases than their share of the population. In eight states, it's more than four times greater. 
  • White deaths from COVID-19 are lower than their share of the population in 37 states and the District of Columbia. 

"For many people, physical distancing is a privilege," she says. "If you live in a crowded neighborhood or you share a household with many other people, we need to give messaging specific to those conditions. If you need to leave home for work every day, if you need to take public transportation to get to an essential frontline job, how can you keep safe?" 

Given the pandemic's disparate toll on communities of color, in particular low-income ones, Fernandez and Nunez-Smith say the public health response should include helping to meet basic needs like providing food, wage supports and even temporary housing for people who get sick or exposed to the virus.

"We have to guarantee that if we recommend to someone that they should be in quarantine or they should be in isolation, that they can do so safely and effectively," Nunez-Smith says. 

Nunez-Smith says if you don't direct resources now to minority communities that need them most, there's a danger they might be less likely to trust and buy into public health messaging needed to stem the pandemic. Already, polls show widespread distrust of President Trump among African-Americans, and that a majority of them believe the Trump administration's push to reopen states came only after it became clear that people of color were bearing the brunt of the pandemic."

Doctor says Nebraska has 'relatively uncontrolled transmission' of COVID-19
  By Alexandra Stone, KETV
"When it comes to COVID-19, Dr. Ali Khan, Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said there is a great misunderstanding of the pandemic. 

"I would say that we have relatively uncontrolled transmission here in the state of Nebraska," Khan said.

"We need to test and trace. We need to find every case in our community, isolate them. Rapidly identify their contacts and put them in quarantine," Khan said. 

As for communities opening back up, Khan said the question isn't so much whether they should or should not. He said it's about re-opening safely. 

"That's the dichotomy. Do you open safely or do you not open safely? And if you're having lots of cases in the community, you're opening unsafely," Khan said. 

Khan said part of the responsibility falls on government officials to take steps to reduce cases.

The other component according to Khan: personal responsibility.
" Masks work. It's unequivocal. It's like a seat belt. Masks work. Please wear a mask when you're out and about in the community," he said.

The More You Know
For more information visit the Charles Drew Website here .
Coalition Rx Spotlight
If you would like to drop off mask donations you can call 402-218-1234, drop-off locations are Omaha Firefighters Union at 6005 Grove St. or First Responders Foundation at 10605 Burt Circle Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9am - 4pm. Please call before coming to either location.

For more information on how our local first responders are working during the pandemic please visit this website.
New Online Programming
If you are looking for educational and engaging activities for your kids during this time of social distancing Coalition Rx has you covered! We are working hard to transition our evidence-based programming into online lessons. We are currently posting one video per program a week on our Facebook page and website.

We're also working on Zoom lessons if parents, teachers or students are interested in joining please email and we will get some class times set up!

Below are just a few videos that we have created so far. More videos like these will be uploaded weekly!
Jacob Peterson, Strengthening Families 10-14 Activity
Tammie Dickens, Too Good for Drugs and Violence- Vaping Lesson
Help Reduce the Misuse of Substances of Abuse
We provide three evidence-based programs for youth and families. Strengthening Families Program 10-14, Too Good For Drugs and Violence K-8 and WISE. If you are interested in these programs please check out our Facebook page for the virtual lessons we have started in the wake of social distancing guidelines.
Each month Coalition Rx hosts a community meeting. We partner with local experts to discuss the substance abuse issues in our community and how we can combat this epidemic. Due to COVID-19 we are postponing all in-person meetings until restrictions are safely lifted.

Founded in 2015, our mission is to reduce the misuse of all substances of abuse by raising awareness and partnering with community organizations to provide public and professional education, prevention and treatment resources, and policy advocacy.
Carey Pomykata Executive Director
(402) 552-2221