Reaching the Hispanic Community About COVID-19 Through Existing Chronic Disease Prevention Programs

Prev Chronic Dis. 2020 Jun 25;17:E49. doi: 10.5888/pcd17.200165.

Abstract

Publicly available data on racial and ethnic disparities related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are now surfacing, and these data suggest that the novel virus has disproportionately sickened Hispanic communities in the United States. We discuss why Hispanic communities are highly vulnerable to COVID-19 and how adaptations were made to existing infrastructure for Penn State Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) and Better Together REACH (a community-academic coalition using grant funds from Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) to address these needs. We also describe programming to support COVID-19 efforts for Hispanic communities by using chronic disease prevention programs and opportunities for replication across the country.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural