Daryl Olson, AICHO's Director of Programming, has organized several public health events at AICHO such as providing free saliva testing for the community. At AICHO's vaccination clinic, Olson has helped numerous elders including Portia Johnson. Photo by Ivy Vainio
Except from the Duluth News Tribune:
Groups most vulnerable to poor health outcomes are being prioritized for COVID-19 vaccinations by the local public health department.
St. Louis County Public Health is directing 20% of its COVID-19 vaccination allotments to people in minority and marginalized populations. The county is reaching underserved populations by partnering with community organizations aimed at serving those people.
It’s meant vaccination clinics at board and lodges, homeless and domestic violence shelters, and places such as the American Indian Community Housing Organization, which hosted a vaccination clinic earlier this month for its housing and shelter residents, and communities of color.
AICHO was featured on FOX21 for our Giwiidookoodaadimin "We help each other" COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution.
The program provides food food boxes to the Duluth community. In addition to food boxes, households received disposable masks and cloth masks for adults and children, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, cleaning supplies and thermometers. We also provided families with baby essentials. Over the past month, AICHO has continued to distribute PPE to tribal communities, local non-profits, individuals and families across St. Louis County and Carlton County.
Read "AICHO Gives 400 Bags of Food to Those in Need" by FOX21
AICHO staff member Ivy Vainio was interviewed by the Minnesota Department of Health, discussing AICHO’s work in “Amplifying the Message” of COVID-19 safety measures to American Indians and beyond.
Vainio, a Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe direct descendant, leads AICHO's social media and community public health messaging. She has worked with Indigenous artists in helping AICHO provide artfully crafted messages that our Indigenous communities can connect with in partnerships with tribal, state, and county public health departments.
Read more of “Amplifying the Message: Integrating Art and Public Health to Protect the American Indian Community”
For more artwork created by AICHO-affiliated artists, visit the AICHO Artists' Response page.
Artwork by NSGRTS
Deanna Reder is the legal advocate for the American Indian Community Housing Organization. She shares her journey in advocating for victims of domestic violence.
This video was produced by WDSE WRPT.