Compton Mini Health Fair slated

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Community Organized Relief Effort, a non-profit preventative health organization will provide walk-up, and pain-free self-administered testing free to guests without health insurance or proof of US citizenship. Photo courtesy CORE

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COMPTON (MNS)—The Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) will host a Mini Health Fair, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Heavenly Vision Educational Center, 604 W. Alondra Blvd.

CORE, a non-profit preventative health organization will provide walk-up, and pain-free self-administered testing free to guests without health insurance or proof of US citizenship. Participants will be provided free face masks and test results within 48 hours by text or email. No appointment or identification will be needed.

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Akim Watts

CORE is also currently working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to provide pop-up free COVID-19 testing at the following locations and times: HOPICS NAVIG8, Tuesday, 10-4 p.m.; Girls Club of Los Angeles, Wednesday/Thursday, 10-4 p.m.; Compton Library, Friday 10-4 p.m.; Nickerson Gardens Housing Projects Gym, Friday 8-2 p.m.; and First United Methodist Church, 10-4 p.m. More information about testing can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/coreresponsetest

According to Akim Watts, CORE Community Mobilizer for South LA, “We’re [also] hosting pop-up Free COVID-19 testing sites working with LA County until Sept. 30 [for testing and vaccinations] slowing the spread [of the virus], especially with the rise of the Delta variant.

“Compton has pockets of positive COVID-19 cases and we're here to serve that need,” Watts noted. “Slowing transmission means fewer people will get sick. But it also gives the virus fewer opportunities to mutate.”

In addition to COVID-19 testing, Watts said CORE administers a program called the Los Angeles-based Resource Coordination program (LARC), a single-point-of-entry approach to connect vulnerable people in the community with local services and programs to help them meet basic needs and improve their quality of life.

“We assess their eligibility for government programs like SNAP/Cal-Fresh, WIC, and Medi-Cal,” said Watts.

“We ask about their resource needs [like] transportation, economic, and refer participants to our partners. Our program also assists participants with applications and provides case management to reduce accessibility gaps.”

More info contact Akim Watts at (562) 726-0829 or akim.watts@coreresponse.org

 

Metropolis News Service.

Covid deaths higher for minority kids and young adults, study finds 

 

SACRAMENTO (CN) — More than three-quarters of all coronavirus deaths in children and adults under 21 were among minorities, according to a study released in September by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study used federal statistics indicating 391,814 cases of coronavirus cases in people under 21 years old from February to July.

At least 121 of them have died from Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, the statistics show. Of those, 45 percent were Hispanic and 29 percent were Black. Native Americans accounted for 4 percent, the study noted.

Those groups only account for 41 percent of the U.S. population, despite making up a combined 78 percent of coronavirus deaths among those under 21. By comparison, White children and young adults accounted for 14 percent of the 121 deaths even though Whites make up about 70 percent of the population.

“Among infants, children, and adolescents hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 and cases of [multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children], persons from racial and ethnic minority groups are overrepresented,” the researchers wrote.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, is a rare condition associated with the coronavirus in children in which body parts become inflamed, including internal organs.

“These racial/ethnic groups are also disproportionately represented among essential workers unable to work from their homes, resulting in higher risk for exposure to Covid-19 with potential secondary transmission among household members, including infants, children, adolescents, and young adults,” researchers added.

The study cites crowded living conditions, wealth and educational gaps and racial discrimination as contributors to the disparities.

Deaths from coronavirus are also exacerbated by lack of affordable health care and paid sick leave for parents, according to the CDC.  

Three-quarters of those who died had at least one underlying medical condition, the study found, such as asthma, obesity or heart problems.

The study was conducted by CDC staff and officials from dozens of state health departments. Data came from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Researchers conceded that the data could be limited due to unreported cases and deaths.

Coronavirus symptoms are typically milder in children, but the report shows complications still occur and seem to increase with age. Of the reported deaths, 10 percent were infants, 20 percent were ages 1 to 9 and 70 percent were ages 10 to 20. The highest percentage of deaths came from ages 18-20.

The researchers called on health professionals to tailor safety messages specifically to these groups.

“Infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, particularly those from racial and ethnic minority groups at higher risk, those with underlying medical conditions, and their caregivers, need clear, consistent, and developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate Covid-19 prevention messages,” the study said.

The CDC report mirrors a similar study conducted last month by researchers at the Children’s National Hospital.

Dr. Monika Goyal and her colleagues looked at data collected from a Covid-19 testing site affiliated with the hospital and found infection rates dramatically different among racial and ethnic groups. Of the 1,000 tested patients, non-Hispanic White children accounted for 7 percent of positive cases while 30 percent of Black children and 46 percent of Hispanic children tested positive.

“Some possible reasons may be socioeconomic factors that increase exposure, differences in access to health care and resources, as well as structural racism,” Goyal said in the report.