Training a Network for Narrative Change in East Tennessee
Women's Fund of East Tennessee
Our unwavering mission is to help extraordinary people tell their stories for the good of the world.
Washington isn’t just a place where laws are made or politicians bicker over legislative agendas. It’s more than the landmarks and lawmakers and drama that it’s known for. D.C. is filled with diverse neighbors and communities helping each other out in good times and bad. It’s the cozy neighborhood bar where everyone knows your name, the beautiful row houses, vibrant shops and restaurants and scenic paths filled with locals’ favorite spots.
As many individuals of MENA descent, like me, continue to be required to tick the “White” or “Other” checkboxes on forms, including on medical forms, the lack of racial or ethnic identifiers has limited the ability to collect accurate health data and has made it difficult to measure the impact of the pandemic on MENA communities. Can we truly determine how many people who self-identify as Middle Eastern or North African have been affected by COVID-19 without accurate data?
This does not need to be a zero-sum game. We can all do our part to stop the spread of this virus by getting ourselves and our loved ones vaccinated when the opportunity arises. But with that privilege should come the responsibility to advocate for our governments to do the right thing, including releasing advanced purchases they will not need, and donating funds, and excess doses, to the COVAX facilities.
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