H2N – Hmong and Hispanic Communication Network
Bridging the communication gap to provide health information to at-risk communities
The Hmong and Hispanic Communication Network (H2N) 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.
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. Community members are also encouraged to share their concerns and ideas, which allows H2N to better understand and serve these communities.
H2N utilizes Community Coordinators (CC) and a network of Community Health Workers (CHW) 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.
General Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHmong Team Phone: 715-680-9563 Hmong coordinators: Hmongshee Khang Hispanic Team Phone: 715-903-6427
Hispanic coordinators: Tony Gonzalez, Olga Meza, Norma Castro
Back in March when COVID started, there was a realization that everybody needs to be reached with public health information, health system information, resources, and not all populations were being reached the same.
Dr. Corina Norrbom
WIPPS Health Policy Fellow in an interview with WSAW-TV
H2N representatives act as a reliable source of information and resources for community members. Community coordinators and community health workers stay up to date on new information, resources, protocols, regulations and guidelines concerning COVID-19 and vaccinations. These resources are then provided to community members in their own language.
Community members are reached in several ways including visits to farms, community events, Hispanic and Hmong grocery stores, churches, and food distribution events.
In addition to COVID-19 resources and information, H2N has been able to provide individuals with resources for food/rental assistance, mental health services, domestic abuse, legal rights, and more. The relationships and connections made by H2N Community Health Workers can provide future support and aid to underserved populations. Programs like H2N are a potent tool to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities.
• Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin
• Marathon County Health Department
• Ascension WI
• Marshfield Clinic Health System
• E.A.G. Interpreters Hispanic Outreach
• Hmong WI Chamber of Commerce
• Hmong American Center
• Presbyterian Church Free Clinic
• United Way of Marathon County
• Bridge Community Clinic
• Abby Area Collaborative Team
• Wisconsin DHS
• Covering Wisconsin
• Mexican Consulate Mobile Outreach partners
H2N’s positive impact goes just beyond the individuals and communities they serve. By working as a Community Coordinator or Community Health Worker, those passionate about helping others, young people, and students get hands on experience in public health work, serving the needs of communities, as well as mentorship from doctors and other health professionals.
Hispanic Community Coordinator
Why did you get involved with H2N?
At the beginning it was because I was invited by Dr. Norrbom to help with some reports’ development. Everything has been evolving into helping the Hispanic community in so many other issues and being a voice for them in equity matters. I love to be part of this project and to help advocating for my people.
H2N in the News
- We’re not given the option to get vaccinated’: Advocates work to narrow racial and ethnic disparities in Wisconsin
- $200,000 grant helps community health outreach initiative in Hmong and Hispanic communities in central Wis. – WSAW-TV
- Region V Public Health Training Center: COVID-19: Engaging Hmong and Hispanic Populations in Bi-Directional Communication (On Demand)
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