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How Cities are Using Community-Based Workers for Effective Contact Tracing

As we continue the battle against COVID-19, public health authorities are urging cities to increase their contact tracing efforts. “Contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family, and your community,” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. But identifying people who have tested positive for …
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Wendy Mateo-Pascual: Advocating for Latino Civic Engagement in her Community

Wendy Mateo-Pascual is passionate about helping Latino immigrants. She understands how difficult it is to move to a new country and adapt to the culture, because she herself is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Over the last two decades, Wendy Mateo-Pascual has worked in the Charlotte, N.C., area by leading several organizations and committees …
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Through Shared Ownership, Community Land Trusts Can Help Retain Housing Affordability

The prospect of homeownership remains out of reach for many Latinos as incomes fail to keep up with rising property values. The community land trust model is a shared ownership model designed to protect people, neighborhoods, and businesses at risk of gentrification and displacement due to development and the upward pressure of urban land markets. …
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Jennifer Rangel: Creating Bilingual Cartoons to Teach Zoning 101

“Ever wondered why your neighborhood looks how it does?” Jennifer Rangel once asked herself this question. To find an answer, Rangel, got a master’s degree in urban planning. Along the way, this Latina planner learned that discriminatory urban planning practices, like the zoning of land, had been used for white advantage for over a century, …
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Biden COVID-19 Task Force Focused on Health Equity

President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Task Force is in full swing, and their main focus is tackling health equity. On Jan. 21, 2021, Biden signed an executive order to create a task force focused on COVID-19 related health and social inequities. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the country, it has had a disproportionate impact …
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