Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Hoffman to Meet with LatinoNet Friday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 7:00 AM

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As part of Humboldt County Public Health’s ongoing effort to work with the local Latinx community, Public Health Officer Ian Hoffman will be meeting this Friday with LatinoNet, a nonprofit organization formed by a network of service providers for the Latinx community, to discuss county COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the county’s efforts with community partners to outreach the Latinx community.

“Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman is one of the guest speakers at the upcoming LatinoNet meeting April 9," Department of Health and Human Services Spokesperson Christine Messinger wrote in an email to the Journal. "Dr. Hoffman worked with the Latino community in the Bay Area for more than a decade prior to joining the county in December and looks forward to continuing to do so here locally,”

The LatinoNet meeting with Hoffman comes as Public Health is working to address health disparities in the county’s Latinx population, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In July of last year, Humboldt County’s COVID-19 dashboard highlighted the disproportionate COVID-19 case rates in the local Latinx and Hispanic communities, noting they accounted for 22 percent of COVID-19 cases while only making up 12 percent of the population. As of yesterday, Humboldt County Latinx people make up 25 percent of positive COVID-19 cases locally.

And now with vaccine rollout, Public Health is working to address health inequities and make sure all persons are able to receive a vaccination. In a media availability last Thursday, Lindsey Mendez with the Humboldt County Vaccine Task Force said that Public Health is working with community groups like Paso a Paso, the Promotores and TrueNorth to address language barriers and cultural competency within vaccine rollout.

“In an emergency response, which we are right now performing during the pandemic and doing vaccinations, we are always trying to do a check-and-balance system in the Public Health Department to ensure that we are vaccinating with equity and that we are using the right methods and the right partnerships to accomplish this goal,” Mendez said in the media availability. “We are currently using meeting and quality improvement tools and looking internally and allowing our partners externally to discuss with us how we are performing and how we can do better, right now and in the future.”

According to the county's dashboard, 8.46 percent of the local Latinx population has been fully vaccinated to date, compared to 16.45 percent of the general population, while 6.31 percent of the local Latinx population is partially vaccinated, compared to 10.57 of the general population.

Public Health Officer Ian Hoffman's meeting with the LatinoNet organization is scheduled for Friday from noon to 1:30 via Zoom, and can be viewed here.
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