SANTA MARIA, CA – August 3, 2020 – Dignity Health’s Community Health Department and Pacific Central Coast Health Centers have joined forces with Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Santa Barbara County Foodbank, and the Promotoras del Condado de Santa Barbara in a collaborative effort to educate those most impacted by COVID-19 in our local community.
Scheduled for Friday afternoons over the next few months, these community partners will provide emergency food, coronavirus prevention education, and COVID-19 prevention kits to 200 households, reaching approximately 900 individuals.
“We are proud to work alongside our community partners in a time when these critical services are needed the most,” shares Patty Herrera, Manager of Community Health, Dignity Health California Central Coast Division. “We consider it our obligation to educate and empower our community members during the pandemic in order to keep themselves and their family member safe.”
The team visit neighborhoods which are considered greatly impacted by COVID-19 throughout the city of Santa Maria. Prevention education provided by the task force includes coronavirus transmission information, mask usage guidelines, encouragement not to share personal items, cleaning and disinfecting protocol during the pandemic, and the correct use of household cleaning products.
[Photos: Top - Dignity Health Staff Share COVID-19 Prevention Boards with Community Members; Bottom - Leticia Sanchez, Community Health Educator, Discusses COVID-19]
About Marian Regional Medical Center
Marian Regional Medical Center is a technologically advanced, 191-bed facility that provides safe, quality care. Marian is designated a STEMI Receiving Center in Santa Barbara County, and is designated a Level III Trauma Center by Santa Barbara County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency. The facility has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission for advanced, comprehensive care for stroke patients. Our cancer care program is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, and received the Outstanding Achievement Award. The campus houses a comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program, providing specialized care to the tiniest of patients.