LCHC COVID-19 Letter to Governor Newsom


RE: COVID-19 Recommendations to Protect the Health & Wellbeing of the Latinx Community in California 

Governor Newsom and Members of the Administration: 

As the State continues to develop new plans, policies, and programs to prepare for the current and foreseeable impacts of COVID-19, we encourage these efforts to uplift a community-centered approach while simultaneously working to establish an equitable and sustainable funding framework for the future. The recommendations outlined below are community and data-informed and they will provide short and long-term strategies to better protect the health and wellbeing of marginalized Latinx communities. 

We call on the Governor and California decision-makers to: 

Rapid Response | Data, education and outreach, and strategic partnerships

  1. Provide timely access to disaggregated racial and ethnic data on COVID-19 impact.
  2. Communicate to all full-scope and restricted-scope Medi-Cal and Covered California beneficiaries clear instructions on how to access COVID-19 testing and treatment services; and guidance for accessing non-COVID 19 health care and social services. 
  3. Leverage strategic partnerships such as hiring and contracting promotores/community health workers and engaging trusted Latinx-serving community-based organizations (CBOs).
  4. Prevent the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers, especially end the inhumane sanitation practices.

Resources | Direct service provision of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 needs

  1. Prioritize the expansion of Medi-Cal coverage to all adults and Seniors to ensure Health4All and maintain benefits.
  2. Address the short and long-term needs of community health centers (CHCs) and a linguistically and culturally diverse health workforce.
  3. Accelerate the use of Telehealth services across all health care and public benefits.
  4. Engage inter-agency coordination to ensure clear communication around access for public benefits such as food security (CalFresh/CFAP, WIC), economic support (CalWORKS, EDD unemployment insurance), and housing assistance (Section 8).

Recovery & Resilience | Financial sustainability, capacity building, and cross-sector partnerships

  1. Develop a long-term financial sustainability plan that is inclusive of Latinx immigrant communities beyond COVID-19. 
  2. Increase statewide coordination through cross-sector partnerships to address the social determinants of health and achieve long-term COVID-19 recovery & resilience.

Please see attached file to review the full Sign-On Letter.