Multi-Lingual Community Meeting Addresses COVID-19

March 27th, 2020 | News


On March 19, Randolph, Massachusetts held its first-ever virtual meeting to inform the community about preventing and mitigating health risks from the spread of the new coronavirus.

The meeting was facilitated by town councilors and featured panelists representing Randolph’s diverse community. They conducted the session in a range of languages, including Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, and Cantonese, to reach as many people as possible. Panel members included Terry Greene and Tabeth Jiri of JSI; Gerald Cody, Randolph public health director; Frank Poon, an outreach worker; Gabrielle Bercy, a Haitian medical doctor; and Anphi Nguyen, a Vietnamese dentist.

Randolph is ensuring that its response to the COVID-19 pandemic reflects the needs of its diverse population, and we at JSI are honored to be a part of it. “In our many years assisting with emergency preparedness, we have found that successful strategies are community-driven and led,” said Terry, a senior environmental health specialist at JSI.

Read more about the event here in the Randolph local news, and watch the full discussion here.

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