Public health research experts have pointed out the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on the poor communities of color, exposing the inequities and injustices that GCC has been building power to correct since its founding.
This past July, GCC created the Color of Health Initiative, which recruited 17 Cleveland East Side congregations to serve as sites for free COVID testing through a partnership with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the MetroHealth System.
Since July, thousands of people have been tested in underserved Cleveland neighborhoods. Testing registration has often filled up quickly, confirming the lack of testing available to residents of these neighborhoods.
The Color of Health Initiative’s focus going forward is to continue to work with local organizations, medical systems, health departments, foundations and other groups to develop a COVID-19 infrastructure of testing, contact tracing and supported isolation. This infrastructure will help us contain and suppress COVID-19 and place us in a position to address future epidemics in a way that will keep our community open and safe and enable our economy to stay open.
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