The Fresno County Board of Supervisors joined with the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC) this week to announce the approval of two contracts aimed to aid the County’s ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. The contracts, funded by approximately $5.5 million of CARES Act funding, will provide enhanced education, outreach and case management in vulnerable communities as well as bolster the County’s medical investigation, testing and contact tracing capacity.
“The COVID pandemic has hit our most disadvantaged communities the hardest,” said Emilia Reyes, CEO of Fresno EOC during Tuesday’s press conference. “This partnership with the County and our 17 CBOs is a step in the right direction towards providing our communities the education and resources needed to prevent furthering the spread.”
Through this partnership, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC) will leverage the expertise and community relationships of their network of community-based organizations (CBOs) to help ensure critical health and safety messages reach targeted populations, and will reinforce critical medical investigation, testing and contact tracing capacity to aid the fight against COVID-19 throughout the County.
“We are very pleased to partner with the EOC because the EOC is ready to hit the ground running,” said Fresno County District 1 Supervisor, Brian Pacheco. “They have the trust of the members of the community and we believe the CBOs will be able to bridge the communication gap and provide critical outreach to our most vulnerable communities.”
The agreements are geared to mobilize and deploy teams of Community Health Workers, Promotoras, and other project staff to reach the most vulnerable members of our community and ensure all our residents know where to get tested, how to prevent transmission, and how to keep their families safe and cared for if they’re ever required to isolate or quarantine.
A brief summary of the agreements is as follows:
Fresno Building Healthy Communities – Immigrant/Refugee Coalition
Fresno EOC will lead CBOs to serve Fresno County’s urban as well as rural community members, who faced challenges to accessing quality health resources even prior to the pandemic.
Additionally, this agreement will help to deliver critical prevention education, contact tracing and support services in Spanish, Hmong, Lao, Khmer, Punjabi, Arabic and indigenous Mexican languages.
Fresno EOC – African American Coalition
Fresno EOC will work with CBOs who have established relationships with Fresno’s African American community to bring trusted information and additional supports to urban residents who have been hit hardest by the effects of the pandemic.