NYLPI Supports Sunset Park Community Health Event & Records Children’s COVID-19 Stories

October 7, 2021

Health Justice, News

Three medical grade masks stacked on a surface

Sunset Park, Brooklyn has been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and NYLPI has worked with community groups and advocates to provide information about the virus and vaccine access, to support community events and to record the experiences of this community during the public health crisis. Karina Albistegui Adler from NYLPI’s Health Justice Program supported Sunset Park residents at “Road to Recovery,” a community event-coordinated as a partnership between local community organizations AMPHS, OCA-NY, Soar Over Hate and Sunset Park Women in Action, with performances, self-defense classes, art, community resources and information about COVID-19 vaccines and how to access them.

The Sunset Park COVID19 Story Collection Project, a partnership between NYLPI and AMPHS to record the experiences of the community during this public health crisis, featured a children’s story collection station at the community event. Sunset Park’s youngest community members shared their thoughts and experiences through colorful drawings and short paragraphs. The Sunset Park COVID19 Story Collection Project aims to amplify the voices of community members who have been directly impacted by COVID19, including children.

NYLPI’s station at “Road to Recovery” also provided information on the Excluded Worker’s Fund (EWF), including our Spanish language guide on how to apply for funding along with information about access to medical services for undocumented New Yorkers.

NYLPI’s Health Justice team continues to work closely with community members to support community lead efforts to advance health access and health equity in neighborhoods that were severely impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. NYLPI and our partners are committed to ensuring access to vaccines and healthcare for all New Yorkers.

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