I proudly would like to add my name to those millions of Canadians that during this difficult time have express their gratitude, appreciation and respect to the thousands of essential help workers that everyday risk their lives to save ours.
On Saturday Aug. 29, I walked into the waiting room around 3 p.m. of Windsor Regional Hospital’s downtown campus for a COVID-19 test.
Having some health problems, all the nurses helped me, assisted me in a very ethical and professional way.
During my waiting time, I observed the employee in charge of sanitation working so hard and so seriously spraying all the chairs, counters and wheelchairs. She never stopped; she did not walk, but she ran from one chair to another as a patient left their seat.
Maha Elmashni is the health access program assistant at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City. That’s not all she does though. Through a partnership with the Utah Office of Health Disparities, the government entity tasked with equalizing healthcare and resource access for underserved communities, Maha—and a few other IRC staff members—also works as a community health worker. Community health workers in Utah usually help promote and advocate health access, now their job focuses specifically on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has revealed many disparities in health care and opportunity in communities of color, notably Black and Latinx communities. Utah policymakers in a special session during late spring expressed concerns about disproportionally affected communities and discussed ways to supply funding to a program that would seek to provide greater equality.