Health Care Access, Service Delivery, and Youth Civic Engagement in the Central Valley during the COVID-19 Pandemic
California’s agricultural Central Valley has long lagged behind the San Francisco and Los Angeles regions in its capacity to provide adequate health and other services to immigrants and low-income communities of color. These disparities are particularly striking during this COVID-19 pandemic, as low-income residents seek access to health care, legal assistance, and other resources. This webinar will share new maps that illustrate the spatial mismatch between where immigrants live and vital services are provided. At the same time, youth civic engagement and organizing efforts are seeking to make local government institutions more accountable to the communities least supported by the safety net. The presentation will feature Professor Irene Bloemraad from UC Berkeley’s Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Veronica Terriquez from the UC Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation, and Central Valley youth organizers.
Professor Irene Bloemraad, UC Berkeley
Associate Professor Veronica Terriquez, UC Santa Cruz
Director Crisantema Gallardo, 99 Rootz/Power California
Sponsored by: USC PERE, UC Berkley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, UCSC IST, California Funders for Boys and Men of Color, supported by the James Irvine Foundation