COVID-19: Community Health Worker Resources | American Diabetes Association

The CDC has determined that COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a serious public health threat—and older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, are at a higher risk of getting very sick from it. The American Diabetes Association has resources to help keep you healthy.  Learn more at

ADA’s Education Recognition Programs
ADA has over 3,600 program sites nationwide – offering telehealth services in some areas. ADA focuses on your needs during the COVID-19 Community response.  Get connected with your local diabetes care team to learn more about Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support resources in your community. For more information visit

ADA’s Insulin Help
If you are struggling to pay for insulin and diabetes medication, ADA can help. We’ve consolidated all the resources you need so that you can find help, fast. For more information visit

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC has resources for People Who Need Extra Precautions: What You Can Do including fact sheets, how to prevent the spread of the virus, and more.  For more information visit

World Health Organization
The WHO provides COVID-19 resources and advice for the public including myth-busters with easy to understand graphics.  For more information visit

Community Health Workers and Covid-19 — Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Times of Crisis and Beyond 

National Association of Community Health Workers
NACHW has compiled a great list of resources for CHWs related to COVID-19. For more information visit

University of New Mexico Project ECHO 
UNM’s Office of Community Health in partnership with Project ECHO presented a CHW COVID-19 training for Frontline Health Workers to help CHWs better understand the most current information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it applies to their work. The training focuses on separating myths from facts, examining CDC recommendations, and sharing resources for yourself and others.  If you would like to sign up for future CHW sessions, please contact

Feeding America 
Food banks are responding to COVID-19 by doing what they do best – feeding people in need. If you or someone you know needs access to food or other assistance, the Feeding America network can help.  Get connected with your local Food Bank and Food Pantry site for assistance.  For more information visit

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels America supports the senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation.  Find a program location nearest you by visiting

211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 211 can be accessed by phone or computer.   For more information visit

Neighborhood Navigator 
The Neighborhood Navigator is an interactive tool to connect to resources and programs in your area. This tool lists over 40,000 social services by zip code, including local program information on Food, Housing, Transportation, Employment aid, Legal aid and Financial aid.  For more information visit

Directory of Local Health Departments 
Stay up to date on your local COVID-19 Health Advisory updates in your community.  The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has created a tool to help you search for local health departments in your area.  Your local Health Department can further assist with COVID-19 information and testing locations, Resident Assistance programs related to Food Resources, School District feeding programs, Housing, Unemployment, and Utility support. To find your local Health Department visit

Health Affairs Blog: To Strengthen The Public Health Response To COVID-19, We Need Community Health Workers

Case Study - Role of Community Health Workers in addressing inequities and systems transformation during COVID-19 and beyond: An opportunity for health department and organizational practices

CHW Networks & COVID Webinar Series
June 26th at 3:30pm ET
Join NACHW and CHW Networks as they discuss their innovations, advocacy and community capacity building efforts that center the capacity of CHWs to lead in COVID-19 efforts in their states.
Register today!

ADA Webcast: The Role of Community Health Workers as First Responders in the COVID Pandemic
Presenters: Colleen Barbero, PhD, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Betsy Rodriguez, BSN, MSN, DCES, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN, National Association of Community Health Workers
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Webinar: What CHWs need to know about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and their roles during emergency response efforts 
Watch this webinar to learn more about what CHWs need to know about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and their roles during emergency response efforts. In addition, current myths and rumors about COVID-19 will be dispelled and cultural aspects for prevention and treatment of the virus in the community will be considered.  As agents of change in communities, CHWs address the social and economic factors that shape the spread of the disease, can determine who are the people most affected, and who needs support or information timely.
Presenters: Colleen Barbero, PhD, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN, National Association of Community Health Workers
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Webinar: Community Health Workers: Social First Responders in the COVID Pandemic
COVID affects more than our health. Community health workers –trusted laypeople from local communities—can provide virtual social support during the COVID pandemic. They can be a listening ear during a lonely time, help to arrange food delivery or utilities assistance, advocate with landlords, explain the changing rules for benefits, promote health behavior, reinforce COVID public health messaging and more.
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