Countless COVID-19 resources have been created for immigrants and refugees as well as service providers. MO-ORA has aggregated some of those resources and categorized them here for easy access during this uneasy time.
Resources in Other Languages
The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) has compiled a translated materials library with fact sheets, posters, videos, audio records and other resources in English and more than 100 languages for free. You can access the library here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Informational Videos for Refugee Communities, from Church World Service (CWS), aim to ensure refugee and immigrant communities have access to clear and correct information about the COVID vaccines. Currently available in English, Arabic, Nepali, Swahili and Spanish with more translations forthcoming.
Quick Facts Social Media Assets: Unbranded and ready to use, these quick facts are available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, French, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Lingala, Nepali, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, Swahili (Congolese), Tigrinya and Ukrainian. Download here.
Guidance for Large or Extended Families Living in the Same Household: Now available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Marshallese, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.
AALV in Burlington, VT, has produced a music video in Kiswahili (subtitled in English) to engage and educate the community as well as promote getting the COVID vaccine.
The CDC has updated its COVID-19 Public Service Announcements (PSAs) webpage. The following PSAs are now available in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Ukrainian:
- Key Times to Wear a Mask
- How to Wear a Mask
- Key Times to Practice Social Distancing
- I Think/Know I had COVID-19
Fact sheets for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine: The FDA has fact sheets for recipients and caregivers available in in Arabic, Burmese, Cherokee, Chuukese, Chinese, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Mam, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Yiddish. Scroll down to the bottom of the webpage for the translated sheets.
The Asian American Health Initiative, part of Maryland’s Montgomery County of Health and Human Services, has created several resources on mental health for the Asian American community, including photonovels, toolkits, reports, and a video series on COVID-19 and mental health. Resources are available in English as well as Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Hindi.
The Indigenous Alliance Without Borders (Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras) and the Mayan League have compiled COVID-19 resources and information in a variety of indigenous languages. These language resources can be found here.
The CDC’s Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines is now available in Arabic, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese and English. This factsheet is located at the bottom of the webpage What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19.
Videos for COVID-19 Response: If you scroll down the webpage, under the “Protect Yourself and Others,” there’s a section called Frequently Asked Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine Transcript with transcripts in English translated into 16 different key refugee languages.
EMBARC has “COVID-19 Vaccine” videos in Swahili, Spanish, Mizo Chin, Lingala, Kirundi, Karenni, Karen, French, Burmese and English
TranslateCovid.org has a searchable library of multilingual COVID-19 resources from the CDC, WHO and others. That’s just one of the many resources available on their site, which also has shareable materials regarding hand washing, social distance, anti-hate messaging and COVID-19 public health messaging and survivor stories.
General Tools, Resources, and Support
Unpausing the J&J Vaccine: The CDC and FDA has recommended resuming the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (J&J/Janssen) after a temporary pause. If you are getting questions from clients, friends or family, NRC-RIM has resources for you. Learn more.
“Get a Ride” Campaign: The Department of Health and Senior Services in collaboration with the Missouri Advisory Committee on Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution is excited to announce the launch of a new statewide transportation guide to help address and eliminate barriers to COVID-19 vaccine access. “Get a Ride” can be found at MOStopsCovid.com/ride.
COVID-19 Index: National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) announced the launch of its COVID-19 Index, a powerful new tool designed to prepare communities for future waves of coronavirus. The COVID-19 Index will enable healthcare organizations and communities to view where coronavirus cases and deaths will surge so they may focus their resources on those areas most directly impacted by the virus.
Communications Toolkits: The Ad Council and the COVID Collaborative are leading a massive communications effort to educate the American public and build confidence around the COVID-19 vaccines. Toolkits include a Public Health Toolkit, Black Community Toolkit, Hispanic Community Toolkit, Black Faith Toolkit, and Hispanic Faith Community Toolkit.
CDC created this communication toolkit to help public health professionals, health departments, community organizations, and healthcare systems and providers reach populations who may need COVID-19 prevention messaging in their native languages. Find it here.
The CDC launched VaccineFinder, a resource for finding vaccines near you. Interested individuals can enter their zip code and search radius, and the site will show a list of nearby pharmacies and health centers that are administering the vaccine, and whether the location has doses in stock.
COVID-19 and Refugees, from UNHCR, provides maps, statistics, and facts on how the pandemic has impeded efforts to protect the displaced and affected their access to basic rights.
Refugee USA Council compiled resources for refugees, community members, and resettlement workers on COVID-19 and relief efforts.
COVID-19 Resource Guide for Immigrants: Welcoming America compiled resources for immigrants in this Google Doc. The resources are meant to guide organizations that work with immigrants along with immigrant allies and advocates who are looking for ways to stay engaged.
The Morehouse School of Medicine National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN), an effort funded by the US Office of Minority Health, has aggregated COVID-19 related resources to help reduce the negative impact of the pandemic on communities. To view these resources, visit their website.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: While much is still unknown about the risks of COVID-19 to newborns born to mothers with COVID-19, the CDC has provided guidance for new and expecting mothers.
Answers to your current COVID-19 questions: This New York Times article has been consistently updated since the pandemic began. As new questions have popped up, so have new answers.
COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering: This interactive map is tracking cases all over the world.
Mental Health Resources
The Social Work License Map has compiled a list of 60 digital resources for anyone seeking information about and/or help for a range of mental health issues. This is an especially stressful, pressure-filled time, and their list includes hotlines, blogs and so many other resources to address different needs.
COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide from the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Whether you’re looking for support regarding work, finances or even losing a loved one due to COVID-19, NAMI has compiled a resource guide to help.
That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief: A Q&A with David Kessler, the world’s foremost expert on grief, according to Harvard Business Review.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration‘s guide to coping with social distancing, quarantine, and isolation: Tip Sheet.
Counselors available in over 100 different languages for anyone experiencing emotional distress during this pandemic: Disaster Distress Helping
For Service Providers
Resources to help organizations answer common vaccine questions: If you’re unsure of how to answer client questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine and want a trusted resource for accurate information, check out NRC-RIM’s resources related to vaccination outreach, education, and support as well as answers to common questions. The National Immigrant Law Center has also published a blog post: Answers to Common Questions about Immigrants’ Access to the COVID-19 Vaccines.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Digital Toolkit, from The Refugee Response, is a living document that will be updated as more content is created. In the content library there are links to view/download the multilingual testimonials, translated informational fliers, and animated videos.
NRC-RIM has also launched three campaigns that support vaccine confidence. These three campaigns include social media messages, handouts, posters and more that advocate for vaccines in different ways. Many of these campaigns have customizable options so you can change the photo, URL, logo and more.
Combatting COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy: Created by New American Neighbors, these videos explain that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. New American Neighbors (NAN) provides multilingual and multicultural videos with actionable information to assist refugee and immigrant families along multiple integration pathways. NAN videos are produced in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, French, Karen, Nepali, Pashto, Somali, Spanish, and Tigrinya.
Overcoming COVID Vaccine Hesitancy in Immigrant Communities: A webinar from Welcoming America was recorded and added to their website where you can also find additional resources provided by the speakers.
Vaccine Equity: Building trust among communities of color in the COVID-19 era: A virtual panel discussion between health experts regarding building trust around vaccines in communities that may have concerns or experienced health injustices.
Video Series: Why I got my COVID-19 Vaccine: NRC-RIM released a series of videos that feature healthcare providers explaining why they chose to get vaccinated in English, Spanish, Somali, Amharic and Farsi. You can create your own videos with NRC-RIM’s video booth service.
COVID-19 Vaccination Videos, created by a doctor serving refugees in Vermont, the VT Department of Health, and the VT Multilingual Taskforce, provide clear and straightforward information that also addresses concerns refugee communities have expressed. Each video includes both the doctor providing the information and the interpreter for the specific language.
Addressing Legal Concerns Around Immigration-Related Vaccine Hesitancy: Immigrants may have concerns about government authorities’ access to personal information provided at vaccine clinics. Learn how to build partnerships ahead of vaccination clinics and how to design an affirming vaccination event. Learn more.
IDs and Insurance: Know Your Rights: This resource answers commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and immigration status, health insurance status, and being asked for a valid ID. Download in English or Spanish.
WhatsApp to Reach and Engage RIM Communities. The popular social messaging tool for many communities, including refugees, immigrants, and migrants and can be a powerful tool to reach and engage communities. Learn more.
COVID-19: Resources for Refugee Resettlement Service Providers: The CDC created a landing page with resources specific to refugee resettlement service providers. It includes guidance for various settings such as home visits, classroom environments and health appointments.
COVID-19 in Newly Resettled Refugee Populations: The CDC’s targeted guidance and information for newly arrived refugees includes a printable Welcome Booklet, After You Travel guide and other tools and advice for providers.
Supporting Multilingual Learners (MLLs)/English Language Learners (ELLs) During the COVID-19 Shutdown, from TNTP, offers general guidance on what to consider as educators determine how to best continue students’ language and literacy development.
Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Refugee Girls’ Education: Part I Barriers to Equal Access and Part II Solutions for Equal Access, from the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), discusses the barriers refugee girls face to continuing their education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
COVID-19 Health Resource Infographic, from the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), provides a snapshot of key messages and resources provided to refugees at each step of the resettlement process.
For Cultural Orientation Providers: Resources on COVID-19 for Cultural Orientation providers on CORE’s website
Workplace Safety for Essential Workers: A resource round-up from Switchboard with COVID-19 safety information for employees, including fact sheets, infographics, and links to resources in multiple languages. The information provided focuses on meatpacking industries, grocery store/food services, and child care, with additional links to general employee rights and COVID-19 safety sources.
Helping Refugee Clients Cope During the COVID-19 Crisis: This blog post offers tips on how to help clients cope during the COVID-19 crisis, including suggestions for sharing information in a trauma-informed way and supporting clients’ mental health and wellbeing.
Digital Literacy Support
Switchboard has a resource round-up of multilingual tutorials on how to use Zoom and other online platforms and two blog posts on remote job readiness resources for clients with varying digital abilities.
As COVID-19 has forced programs and services online, digital literacy and access have become increasingly important. HIAS has created several multimedia and written resources including an 11-part video series on Navigating Chromebook Usage, a Virtual Communication Guide that explains how to use WhatsApp and Zoom, and a Digital Literacy Toolkit for Newcomer Families (available in English, Arabic, Dari, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, and Ukrainian).
CORE has assembled a list of Resources for Digital Inclusion which can be found at the end of their Teaching Remotely page.
Accessing Public Programs and Benefits
Public Program Eligibility: Protecting Immigrant Families’ COVID guide, Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs During COVID-19, (also available in Spanish) provides an overview of some of the federal public programs available to support individuals and families during this time.
Helping clients navigate economic hardships: Switchboard has compiled resources to assist service providers in helping clients understand their rights and access federal and state benefits, as well as information about other non-governmental resources.
Unemployment benefits and requirements: Basic eligibility information
Resources for clients covering Cultural Orientation topics, English lessons, and working in the US: Settle In
Connect clients to inexpensive Internet access: Lifeline