IRC staff support Community Health Worker efforts

Maha Elmashni is the health access program assistant at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City. That’s not all she does though. Through a partnership with the Utah Office of Health Disparities, the government entity tasked with equalizing healthcare and resource access for underserved communities, Maha—and a few other IRC staff members—also works as a community health worker. Community health workers in Utah usually help promote and advocate health access, now their job focuses specifically on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The pandemic has revealed many disparities in health care and opportunity in communities of color, notably Black and Latinx communities. Utah policymakers in a special session during late spring expressed concerns about disproportionally affected communities and discussed ways to supply funding to a program that would seek to provide greater equality.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) health team joins community health workers to support the COVID-19 response.
Gatete, a member of the IRC’s health team and a community health worker, contributes to
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