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ECDOH effort for those with limited English proficiency

Posted at 5:44 PM, Sep 02, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The County Health Department is working to provide supplemental public health information about COVID-19 to people in the community whose first language is not English.

A Request For Proposal (RFP) was submitted August 27 to provide plain language public health communication outreach to people with limited English proficiency.

A total of up to $250,000 is potentially available to fund this effort. This would target audiences for whom English is not a primary language, and whose primary language is Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Nepali, Swahili, Somali, and other languages.

The County Health Department is looking to provide information on the following:

  • COVID-19 testing: who should get tests, when, where and how.
  • Prevention strategies: masks, physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection, staying home when sick, avoiding large gatherings.
  • County updates and time-sensitive information from County departments about COVID-19.
  • Mental health messages and dealing with isolation.
  • Vaccination, emergency public health preparedness, and other public health strategies.

A spokesperson for the Erie County Department of Health said they are following the Erie County RFP process and asking interested applicants to send questions in writing by September 8.

The selection process should be completed later this month.