The Equity in Health for Immigrant Communities in Western North Carolina Project will build a strong network of collaborating partners at the local and regional level to (1) distribute culturally responsive communications to enhance community education, information, and resources on the virus, (2) reduce inequities related to testing, treatment, and vaccination; (3) capitalize on our network of on the ground community health workers to mobilize communities to engage in health improvement efforts, and (4) create a referral network between partners to secure basic human rights and distribute pandemic relief funding for the immigrant community.
Hola Carolina will act as the fiscal agent for a community-based network of eight partners in WNC, who are aligning and coordinating activities to support immigrants and their families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Partners include: Hola Carolina, Vecinos, Centro Unido Latino-Americano (CULA), High Country Community Health Center, Pisgah Legal Services, Beloved Asheville, De Mujer A Mujer, and Mountain Area Health and Education Center’s (MAHEC).
"Health equity is when all members of society enjoy a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. We are committed to understanding and appropriately addressing the needs of the Latino community, according to specific cultural, linguistic, and environmental factors," says Adriana Chavela, Executive Director of Hola Carolina.
Hola Carolina builds bridges between cultures, embraces diversity, and creates more economically vibrant communities across 18 counties in western North Carolina. Our vision is for immigrant communities and people of color to live in a just, multiracial society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which they can thrive with power and purpose. We are an immigrant led organization that operates by and for the Latinx community.
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About Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of financially-disadvantaged residents in North Carolina. The Health Improvement in North Carolina program area supports community-wide health solutions across the state.
About Hola Carolina
Hola Carolina is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit serving the Spanish-speaking community in Western North Carolina. The organization focuses on providing accurate, non-biased news reporting in Spanish; connecting members of the Latinx community with resources and opportunities; and, partnering with nonprofits, higher education, and private corporations to accomplish public health, economic development and human service initiatives within the Latinx community.