Universidad Popular has played an unprecedented, unique, and life-saving role in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic that disproportionately impacted Latinxs, immigrants, limited English speakers, women and working-class families who are overrepresented in essential and frontline economic sectors in San Diego County. Leveraging organizational expertise of legal and political systems and structures, experience navigating government agencies and policies and extensive network across sectors made it possible to organize and coordinate collaborations and partnerships to create a rapid outreach, education, and vaccination response system that has reached nearly 20,000 community members across North County.
For the past ten months Universidad Popular has been busy ensuring every community member in our region who wants a COVID-19 vaccine has access to it. We have been leading advocacy efforts with elected and county officials to bring resources into our North County region, conducting community education with our family, friends and neighbors in the hardest hit neighborhoods to empower community members to receive the life-saving vaccine, and co-hosting over one hundred vaccination events across North County and in targeted communities such as San Marcos, Escondido and Pauma Valley.
This work is done in collaboration with our partners including Cal Fire Operation Collaboration, Neighborhood Health, TruCare, MACC Project, The Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, San Marcos Unified School District, the City of San Marcos, the City of Escondido, Escondido Elementary School District, Escondido World Marketplace, Pauma Valley Community Center, Alianza Comunitaria, San Ysidro Health, South Bay Community Services, and San Diego County Health and Human Services.
Here is the information for our upcoming vaccination clinics.
In case you missed it
The San Diego Union-Tribune put a spotlight on the low vaccination rates among Latinxs in North County. You can read the article here OR watch other related news stories by NBC7, Telemundo20 and UnivisionSD.
Farmworkers contribute to the county’s fifth largest industry even during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet many of them struggle to feed their families. Farmworker families live and work in the most remote camps or colonias nestled in farms on or adjacent to tribal reservations making access to fresh produce even more difficult.
In partnership with Feeding San Diego, we help distribute food in Pauma Valley every first and third Tuesday of the month.