There are several billboards throughout the community with a message directed at those who speak different languages. The messages read: 'We’re in this together, stay home, stop the spread, and save lives.' The Center’s Executive Director Shelly Callahan says these are just some of the tools being used to provide help to our diverse community.
"Communities that don’t get the messaging, or then don’t have the means to do the proper things once they do get the messaging, I think are clearly at higher risk."
Lowering the risk is vital during the next few weeks, so the Center is providing on-line video access, and phone interpretation to those who need help understanding what’s happening.
"I want to start to make our community understand where to go to get the messages they need to get from this community. To make sure that they’re hearing our Governor, our County Executive, our Mayor. We’ve really worked hard in lots of ways to make sure people are getting good information just like everybody else."
The Center is also spreading the information using various platforms like Instagram, facebook, and other social media sites.
"There are certain communities here that really communicate on What’s App. I know the Somali Bantu have a large number of folks that have a men’s and a women’s group on What’s App, so you know if I want to get a message to them, I talk to some of the community elders, and they’re handling it for me at this point, so you just have to figure out what’s effective with people."
Since COVID 19 doesn’t discriminate who it infects, it’s important for everyone to know, no matter what language you speak: We’re in this together, stay home, stop the spread, and save lives.
For more information you can visit the New York State website at: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york-state-pause-executive-order
or go to the Center's website at: https://www.thecenterutica.org/