Caring Is Training
Jun 18, 2020Stop the Spread Community Awareness Initiative: Where Caring Meets Training
DSCEJ Educates Communities on How to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
June 2020 "We are living in a global pandemic of a new and highly infectious virus that is taking the lives of Black people at a rate that is three times higher than White people in this country. We have developed specialized trainings based on science that provide people in vulnerable communities with clear and accurate information on how they can protect their health and stop the spread of COVID-19."
Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
Over the past four months, as the coronavirus continued to spread across the United States, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Inc. has conducted much needed and informative virtual community awareness trainings, the first of which was held on April 24, 2020. People who attended these training events left armed with the knowledge of practical steps they could take to mitigate against infection in their homes and contagion in various settings, including places of worship, retail shops, construction sites, and package delivery services. Each training, uniquely designed for online delivery, featured interactive elements within a two-hour framework. DSCEJ's team of experts in community health, workplace safety, and disaster response and preparedness designed and conducted the trainings to meet a growing need for accurate and reliable information amidst a sea of misinformation.
Tapping into one of its major strengths, the Center rolled up its sleeves to once again work with community-based organizations to meet the challenge head-on together. As co-sponsors for the series of COVID-19 training sessions, Achieving Community Tasks Successfully, a coalition of community organizations in Houston, Texas; CHESS, founded within the historic community of Africatown in Mobile, Alabama; EEECHO in Gulfport, Mississippi; and Unity in the Family Ministry in Pensacola, each conducted outreach in their respective communities to mobilize and energize neighborhoods, businesses and churches in a concerted effort to help save lives and slow the spread of this highly infectious disease that disproportionately claims the lives of African-Americans.
True to its goal to maintain relationship with affected communities, the Center continued its educational efforts by sending to training attendees weekly updates of COVID-19 health statistics and environmental data for Escambia County, Florida; Harris County, Texas; Harrison County, Mississippi; Mobile County, Alabama; and Orleans Parish, Louisiana. Each community organization facilitated the wider dissemination of the update information and actively encouraged additional participation in the trainings.
If you want to join with others to slow the spread of COVID-19 through our community education and awareness campaign, visit the DSCEJ website at www.dscej.org for upcoming training information.
The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice COVID-19 Trainings are funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).