Children and Family Resource Services

Meeting Workers Where They Are

A group of people watch a volunteer present information from a flyer about vaccines

Santa Barbara County is known for its agricultural bounty, supported and harvested by migrant workers who primarily speak Spanish, or an indigenous dialect, Mixteco. To fight COVID-19 in this community, Children and Family Resource Services, in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Promotores Network, went directly to the fields to educate workers and provide protective masks and COVID-19 tests. They also got the word out about vaccination through Spanish and Mixteco-language outreach on social media, radio and TV, and by finding locations for vaccine clinics where people already had connections and felt safe such as their grocery store, or a local church. Their strategy was successful with 143 community members getting fully vaccinated and boosted.   

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