In March 2020, faculty members from Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health began convening bi-weekly virtual meetings with representatives from the Department of Public Health in Philadelphia and Latino-serving organizations representing health, social, legal, and government sectors. The main objectives were three-fold: 1) to come together to identify the most pressing COVID-19 needs at the community- and the organizational levels, 2 to share information and resources to respond to these needs and 3) to advocate for the implementation of strategies and allocation of resources to meet the needs of this group. What began as a series of Zoom meetings focused only on COVID-19 quickly grew into a collective of over 60 different Latino-serving organizations that tackles other social, economic, and health issues impacting Philadelphia’s Latino community.
We are a collective of city officials, policymakers, public health workers, medical professionals, and leaders from over 60 different Latino-serving organizations representing health, social, legal services in the Philadelphia area.
We meet monthly to review local COVID-19 trends and other health issues of public health relevance among Latinos in the Philadelphia area. We monitor disparities in health outcomes and access to services (health, social, economic). We brainstorm, identify, share resources, and increase awareness about available health, human, legal, economic, and educational resources for Latino communities in our region. We learn about the work that others are doing to address the needs of Latinos living in the Philadelphia area. We aim to facilitate connections, collaborations, and partnerships across Latino-serving organizations and professionals to increase access to resources and to ultimately improve how they serve their Latino clients.
The LHC strives to achieve health equity for each and every member of the Philadelphia Latino community through dialogue, advocacy, mobilization, and inter-organizational collaboration. We are committed to working to reduce health disparities among the Latino population in the Philadelphia area and to help this community to thrive.
CRISOL: El punto de Encuentro para la Comunidad Latina de Filadelfia. This website was supported by the National Institute On Minority Health And Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R21MD012352. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.