Ask Legislators to Increase Funding for Contact Tracing Today!

2020-05-19T12:28:50-06:00May 19th, 2020|Action of the Day|0 Comments

This week we are encouraging Utahns to ask their legislators to fund two key public health measures in order to support the communities that are experiencing the coronavirus differently and at greater rates than others: community health care workers and trained contact tracers.

Yesterday we discussed the need for funding for community health care workers. Today we are looking at contact tracing and how it can benefit hotspot communities where the virus is still raging. In contact tracing, public health staff works with a patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious in order to prevent further spread. Read this great CDC resource to better understand the importance of contact tracing in combatting the coronavirus pandemic.

As a response to anticipated budget shortfalls, the state legislature is expected to call itself into special session as early as June to consider major budget cuts. Knowing what works to combat this disease, it is crucial that legislators hear from community members before making broad cuts to the department of health without boosting funding in these critical areas. Make your voice heard on this important issue today!

What You Can Do

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Read this oped to familiarize yourself with the disparities within our communities and best practices for how to close that gap.
  • The CDC has developed a great resource to help better understand the place contact tracing can have in combatting the pandemic. Click here to learn about contact tracers and why it is important to advocate for them as a key component to opening the economy safely.
  • Look over Gov. Herbert’s Utah Leads Together 3.0 plan, specifically looking at the recommendations starting on page 9 for multicultural communities.
  • Funding for community health workers will enable the state to help the hardest hit communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Funding for trained contact tracers will help us manage spikes in cases and prevent spread as we resume business and activities in the state.
  • Do you have a personal story about how these resources would benefit you or your community? Share it!

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