H2N Celebrates Administering 1,000 COVID-19 Vaccines
The Hmong and Hispanic Communication Network (H2N) celebrated administering 1000 COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 29, 2021. Luis Melgarejo Martinez received the 1,000th vaccine at an H2N popup clinic at Maple Ridge Dairy Farm, in Stratford, Wis.
Throughout the month of December, H2N held six vaccine clinics in Central Wisconsin. Clinics took place in Athens, Stevens Point, Schofield, Stratford, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. A total of 407 COVID-19 vaccines and 162 flu vaccines were administered through partnerships with Wisconsin Department of Health Services, AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, the Wausau Free Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, and the Wood County Health Department. H2N also partnered with the Hmong American Center and Asociacion Hispana-Americana to help promote the event and reach community members.
Since May of 2020, H2N clinics and outreach efforts have provided over 1,000 people with COVID-19 vaccines, over 500 people with flu vaccines, and thousands with COVID-19 resources in their own language
The Hmong and Hispanic Communication Network collaborates with public health organizations, health systems, resource agencies, and community organizations to provide Hmong and Hispanic communities with resources and tools to better withstand the COVID-19 pandemic.
H2N utilizes Community Coordinators and a network of Community Health Workers to deliver messaging about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to reinforce the risks and long-term effects associated with COVID-19 infections, to educate about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, to build routineness around being immunized, and to help community members access COVID-19 vaccine. The group also connects members of the Hmong and Hispanic communities with resources such as food and rental assistance, health insurance information, and health care access.