Latinos & COVID-19: A Discussion LINK

Latinos & COVID-19: A Discussion LINK

The Siemba Latinos Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County held a Zoom discussion on October 8, 2020 about COVID-19 impacts on Monterey County Latinos. The virus has adversely impacted Latino/as in Monterey County. Data released by the County of Monterey demonstrates a higher prevalence of cases among Latinos at 93% of cases despite being 61% of the total population.

Thank you to Ida Lopez Chan, Blanca Zarazua, Professor Torres-Gil and Elsa Mendoza Jimenez for your powerful and invigorating comments on the Covid-19 crisis Latinos face in Monterey County. Some important insights captured:

  • “Zip code is destiny” and geography matters in terms of who gets access to care in our community.
  • “Our cultural resilience to take care of ourselves in the absence of a public safety net-juntos- is now working against us.”
  • We must continue to take care of ourselves and our essential workers now and beyond Covid-19, to take off the “bandage,” as Elsa said, and finally address the root causes of social inequities.


panelists Moderator: Blanca Zarazua, Esq. Siembra Latinos Fund Advisory Board Member
Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, Director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging, Professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy, UCLA
Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, Director of Health, County of Monterey Health Department

About the Siembra Latinos Fund

The Siembra Latinos Fund (SLF) was created to improve the quality of life for Latino residents of Monterey County

The Siembra Latinos Fund was created by a group of local Latino leaders to inspire giving by and for Latinos and build on a culture of philanthropy. “Siembra” means “to sow” and the fund seeks to grow opportunity for the Latino Community in Monterey County. T


To inspire philanthropy and giving by Latinos for Latinos in Monterey County


Healthy, safe and engaged Latino communities

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