Trusted community health workers called promotoras – speaking Spanish, Arabic, Tagalog and
other languages – assisted with contact tracing and helped spread the
word about COVID safety.
The County underwrote Together Against COVID, a partnership of Black
leaders and doctors working against the virus, and conducted outreach
in the Black community.
Once vaccines arrived, the County launched Project SAVE (Scheduling Assistance for Vaccine
Equity), a system designed to reduce barriers to the traditional
online appointment system. Community health workers connected eligible
people in communities most impacted by COVID-19 with specially
set-aside vaccination appointments. Project SAVE partners helped
promote an equitable access to the vaccine.
First responders with Operation Collaboration vaccinated farmworkers
in fields and residents in rural communities like Campo, Jacumba and
Borrego Springs. Other equity initiatives helped those in long-term
care facilities, people experiencing homelessness and the homebound.
Health equity extends to other vulnerable populations, such as those
who need safety net services like CalFresh and Medi-Cal. The County is
funding 166 additional positions next year to meet increased demand,
bolstering staffing for Self-Sufficiency Services, Adult Protective
Services, In-Home Supportive Services and Child Welfare Services.