COVID-19 has exposed the challenges underserved communities face in accessing information, financial assistance, and healthcare during emergencies like a pandemic. Luckily, we can get accurate information in Leon County right from the source at the “Navigating COVID-19 Town Hall” on Thursday, April 30 from 6-7:30 pm. The town hall will be held virtually on Zoom so everyone can attend safely from their cell phone or computer.
At this virtual town hall, the community is encouraged to ask local elected officials and experts questions about how to receive help and stay safe during the pandemic. Topics include access to food, utilities, and financial assistance, health care, business resources, virtual school, protecting the homeless, and more.
The CDC reports that there is a disproportionate amount of COVID-19 illness and death among ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic lines caused by a variety of factors including the need to continue working that increases exposure risk, a lack of health insurance, and limited access to information about the resources available.
The “Navigating COVID-19 Town Hall” was organized to provide our community a direct line of communication to leaders who can hear concerns and solve problems in real time.
Panelists include Jeremy Matlow, City Commissioner; Rick Minor, County Commissioner; Tim Center, CEO of Capital Area Community Action Agency; Rosanne Wood, School Board Member; Sylvia Smith, Executive Director of Big Bend Homeless Coalition; Dr. P Qasimah Boston, CEO at Golden Rod Consulting; and Dykibra Gaskin, Director of WIC for Leon County.
You can learn more about the “Navigating COVID-19 Town Hall” event, register, and submit questions in advance at https://www.rethinkenergyflorida.org/eventer/covid19qa/ or text questions to (850) 888-2565. The event will be streamed on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/Tally100Together/. Tallahassee is a strong and resilient community, and we must do everything we can to support our neighbors through this challenging time.
Cara Fleischer, Leon Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor