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St. John’s Well Child and Family Center – a network of public health centers that serves over 100,000 people in South and Central LA and is the largest provider for undocumented individuals in the country – and Clínica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero, a nonprofit and Federally Qualified Health Center that offers vital healthcare services to a largely undocumented Spanish-speaking Latino community with a significant indigenous population from southern Mexico and Central America, will use the new funding toward fighting COVID-19 and addressing the many challenges caused by the virus.
“With the tireless work of our staff and the incredible costs associated with preventing the spread of COVID-19, we are incredibly grateful for resources to ensure our frontline work can continue ramping up,” said Jim Mangia, President and CEO of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center. “Grants like the one from Bank of America‘s Charitable Foundation will help bolster our efforts to keep our South LA community members safe as the pandemic rages on.”
St. John’s has been testing up to 1,000 people per day for COVID-19 this week with an average positive rate of 35%, and this week began vaccinations for frontline healthcare workers in LA County.
“Clínica Romero is grateful to Bank of America for this much-needed funding that ensures we continue the critical work to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in our community, which currently hovers at a dramatic 40%,” said Carlos Vaquerano, Executive Director of Clínica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero. “The Bank of America grant will support our continued work to build awareness about the virus, the importance of guidelines in its prevention, and the vaccine. We need to be the bellwether of change and these funds will help us get there,” he added.
In a community ravaged by the virus and the related economic crisis, Clínica Romero has focused efforts on food distribution, COVID-19 testing, and continues to build awareness about the importance of the guidelines as a vital way to keep the community safe from the virus. It is also working on its own efforts to vaccinate its frontline workers and the community it serves.
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