Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities, and are suitable for adaptation by other communities.

Immigrant Communities and COVID-19: Strengthening the Public Health Response

Đoàn, L. N., Chong, S. K., Misra, S., Kwon, S. C., Yi, S. S.

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Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Policy Change/ Development
Economic Stability
Healthcare Access and Quality
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Outside U.S.

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This article reviews systemic factors affecting low income immigrant communities during COVID-19 and provides recommendations strategies to improve public health infrastructure using the Public Health 3.0 concept. This high-risk community represented a large portion of essential workers, who even before the pandemic faced less access to health care and were structurally marginalized. The authors discuss equity strategies including prioritizing COVID-19 public relief funds and allocating testing and vaccines to these communities. The paper also reviews how to improve public health infrastructure to mitigate disparities immigrant communities face by addressing social determinants of health, communicating about and structuring policies and programs that do not require identification, engaging cross-sector stakeholders, and developing tools to collect relevant, appropriate data.

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Outcomes of Interest

Advancing Racial Equity, Reduction of Health Disparities

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Non U.S. Born Persons

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