SOUTH COUNTY TRIAGE GROUP
A COLLECTIVE EFFORT TO ADDRESS COVID IMPACTS IN THE PAJARO VALLEY
The South County Triage Group is a large collective of non-profits, public institutions and individuals serving the needs of families in South County. Since the Shelter in Place orders began in March 2020, this group, under the leadership of PVPSA, has been meeting weekly and has grown 55 members.
While this group was formed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, they continue to meet and have made the decision to address the myriad of needs of the Pajaro Valley community.
Each week representatives from the County’s Health Services Agency participate in these meetings and give updates regarding critical data and information about the County’s activities and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since its inception, the South County Triage Group has maintained a set of common goals to support our work to meet the unique needs of South County families:
Providing the information and resources they need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and remain healthy (consistent, accurate, culturally and linguistically appropriate messaging)
Achieving equity in public health and economic security during COVID-19, regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration, housing insecure, and socio-economic status.
Ensuring recognition and elevation of the voices and needs of essential workers in food production, service industry and low wage workers for our county.
Ensuring proportionate resource allocation to achieve equitable health outcomes and transform inequitable systems and historic policies and practices that perpetuate poverty, racism, and lack of access to healthcare.
Educating and raising awareness about the strengths, assets, collaboration, and resilience of South County families.
Acknowledging the long-term collaboration among South County leaders and organizations who deeply understand their communities’ needs and have capacity to develop culturally and linguistically relevant and responsive solutions.
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