Caring Support for New Arrivals
Mariana Gonzales is a community health worker (CHW) and public health professional working with the Southeast Arizona Health Education Center’s (SEAHEC) Vacunas para Todos ("Vaccines for all") project. Gonzales spends several afternoons each week at the Casa Alitas shelter in Tucson, Arizona, to provide COVID-19 education and additional support to newly arrived migrant families, connecting them with services and care. For instance, in late 2021, Gonzales provided information and support to a mother of three. Having just recently arrived from Peru, this mother was devastated by the recent separation from her older son and husband at the U.S.-Mexico border, and later two younger children (14 and 8) who were hospitalized for diabetes complications.