COVID-19 Racial Disparities
The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately taking the lives of Black Americans, and undeniably infecting communities of color at higher rates. Once referred to as the "great equalizer" capable of sickening anyone regardless of age, socioeconomic status and race, it has proven to be far from that. A Sutter Health study published in May, Disparities In Outcomes Among COVID-19 Patients In A Large Health Care System in California "showed African American patients having 2.7 times the odds of hospitalization after adjustment for age, sex, comorbidities and income."

Data is essential for understanding and implementing culturally appropriate and inclusive strategies that are necessary for stopping the spread of COVID-19. Still, racial and ethnic specific data is just beginning to become available. Please stay informed by clicking on the following:

With the sudden spike in new COVID-19 cases in California, we remind you to stay safe by continuing to practice social distancing and wear your mask, for your own and others well-being.

The Alameda County Public Health Department has put together general guidelines and information in various languages to help our communities understand the importance and proper way to wear a mask, learn more about face covering here.
Haven't been tested yet? Find your closest testing site:

Stay Engaged, Stay Loud!
Black Lives Still Matter
Though media coverage on Black Lives Matter has subsided; local, national and global communities continue working to organize, share information, fund-raise, and speak out against injustice. This modern day civil rights movement has just begun we urge you to stay informed, stay involved, and stay loud.

2020 Census
Shape your future. START HERE
The decennial census provides data about our communities, which inform the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding and determines the number of decision-makers representing us. As of July 1st, the National Self-Response rate is at 61.9% while the California Self-Response rate is at 63%. There is still a ways to go.

An undercount means fewer resources for everyone - for every person not counted, our community loses $10,000 over the next 10 years. Read more about the implications of a Census undercount in California.

Be Counted! For more information visit:
Volunteer Opportunities
Unless otherwise specified, voluntary participation in any activities or events included in this digest is considered non-work, non-school related and will not be considered for academic credit or paid time. Individuals who choose to volunteer under these conditions personally assume all the benefits and risks associated with their participation. Individuals with questions about whether a particular activity may be counted as work or for academic credit should contact their immediate supervisor or faculty member BEFORE participating.
Alameda County welcomes volunteers to assist at community testing sites for the month of July and beyond. Sites provide personal protective equipment and training for all volunteers and hours are flexible. With a goal to test 3,100 community members daily to meet state goals for re-opening and to ensure all people at risk are connected to care and resources, your consideration is appreciated by the county.
La Clínica COVID-19 Testing Site
Volunteers needed to support testing site with patient tracing, calling patients with results, printing results etc.

Location: 35th Ave & E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94601 (Parking Lot)
Hours of operation :
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Contact : Francisco Valadez,  510-931-0445
Native American Health Center COVID-19 Testing Site
Volunteers needed to greet guests, assist with appointments, patient tracing, calling patient with results, etc.

Location: 3050 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94601 (Parking Lot)
Hours of operation : Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am–7:00 pm
Contact : Charlene Harrison, 510-459-5059
West Oakland Health Center COVID-19 Testing Site
Volunteers needed to greet guests, assist with appointments, patient tracing, calling patient with results, etc.

Location: 700 Adeline Avenue, Oakland CA
Hours of operation
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30 am-5:30 pm
8:30 am-12:30 pm
Contact : Erika Simpson-Akpawu
San Francisco Peninsula
Loaves & Fishes:
Brown Bag Lunch or Hygiene Kit Build

Create meals and/or hygiene kits for the community members in need amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 1:00pm -3:00pm
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
1534 Berger Drive
San Jose, CA 95112

Meal-Serving at Goodwill

Help prepare the food, serve guests, and clean up.

Date : Multiple Dates Available
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30pm
Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley
1080 North 7th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Meal-Serving at Vietnamese Seventh-day Adventist Church

Help prepare the food, serve guests, and clean up.

Date: Multiple Dates Available
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Vietnamese Seventh-day Adventist Church
1066 South 2nd Street 
San Jose, CA 95112

The Regional Center for Volunteerism has compiled various COVID-19 specific volunteer opportunities throughout Sacramento.

Find more information and sign up by visit their webpage:
Take a Break...
BeWell SMU is a resource hub for all staff, faculty and students. It includes links to SMU-led virtual wellness classes, events, and resources for self-care, connection and interaction.

To access the BeWell SMU resource hub click here.

To connect with or provide feedback to the BeWell SMU wellness team please email
W hether you're standing in line at Trader Joe’s, meditating, or breaking a sweat during an at home workout, f ind your musical happy space with one of our quarantine playlists.
EHI staff is working remotely during the COVID-19 pademic.
If you would like to contact the EHI team please email:
Edith Hernandez
Program Coordinator
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