On June 30, 2022, Maryland hosted for the first time ever the First Statewide Meeting for Latin Health Promoters and it was sponsored by the City of Annapolis. The activity, held outdoors at Maryland Hall, was led by Laura Gutierrez, founder of the MALVEC coalition and Kelly Umaña, MALVEC partner and field coordinator. The purpose … First Statewide Meeting for Latin Health Promoters
The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for a little over two years now. During this time, we have seen countless lives lost, especially in the Latino community. MALVEC did not want to see this number go up anymore, and we wanted to do something about it. As we have grown as a coalition, there … Yuliana Macey: A Voice for Her People
There are many reasons why we are so blessed to have the community health workers we have in the state of Maryland. As our Boots on the Ground campaign has progressed, MALVEC has had the luxury of speaking with many incredible community health workers and hearing their stories. With this next person we have, it … Gabriela Gamez: An Advocate for Latino Education and Well-being
It is no secret that community health workers have been a pivotal role in our success as we continue to move through the COVID-19 pandemic. MALVEC has had the luxury of being able to be exposed to many of these community health workers all over the state of Maryland. With the chance to meet so … Ivan Mejia: The Educator and Lifeguard
ATLANTA—According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in eight people living with HIV in the United States is undiagnosed, and more than one third of all new HIV infections are transmitted by people who do not know they have HIV. HIV self-tests, which can be done at home or in other … CDC Supports 53 Community-Based Organizations to Implement and Expand HIV Self-Testing Programs
As we move into a post-pandemic existence, what can we do to advance equity in healthcare access for Latinos? What would such a future look like? What are the best practices and the most natural mistakes? Finally: as a community, what stops Latinos from accessing the health care they need? At Maryland Latinos Unidos, we … Systemic Changes for the Health of Latinos
The link between hosting immunization clinics in an elementary school and having great community involvement is the eminently important connection these institutions have with members of the community. It was clearly demonstrated when CHEER helped organize a community vaccination event on October 25 at the local New Hampshire Estates Elementary School (NHEES) clinic. NHEES is … One Clinic, Many Results.
MALVEC has had the pleasure of having community health workers as part of our team. Workers like Jhoselyn and Madelín have given us an idea of the work they face day after day. As a result of this, we have had the opportunity to expand our network and speak with other community health workers across … Meet Lilliam Rivera-Mendoza, Baltimore County Community Worker.
As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic, more lives continue to be affected. Yes, we have made great strides as a country in developing and shipping vaccines, but that resource is not available to anyone. More specifically, Latino immigrants. That is where MALVEC and our workers come in. We have the highest responsibility to provide … Meet Madelín Martínez, MALVEC Community Worker.
The Mid-Atlantic Latinx Vaccine Equity Coalition, or MALVEC, has a mission. That mission is to get all Latinos in Maryland to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Our efforts to achieve this goal have been made by sharing accurate information through social media platforms. Although this has been effective, our real work is being done on the … Meet Jhoselyn Rodríguez, MALVEC Community Worker