COVID-19 Community Coordinators
COVID Community Coordinators (CCCs) are community-based organizations that connect Minnesota’s diverse communities to COVID testing, vaccination, and other resources. It is essential to draw on community strengths and trusted community networks to respond effectively to COVID-19 and to longstanding health inequities made worse by the pandemic.
Coordinators contract with the State to serve communities hit hardest by COVID-19, including communities of color, American Indian communities, LGBTQ communities, and Minnesotans with disabilities.
Meet the COVID Community Coordinators (CCC) initiative staff at the Minnesota Department of Health.
What COVID Community Coordinators provide
COVID Community Coordinators support Minnesotans who need COVID-19 information specific to their communities, including in their languages. Coordinators help community members find and get critical resources to deal with health concerns, as well as employment, food access, housing, child care, and legal rights.
COVID Community Coordinators can answer questions about:
- Where to get tested for COVID-19
- What COVID-19 vaccines are available and how and where to get vaccinated
- Food support
- Health care and mental health resources
- Housing and rental assistance
- COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing
- Employment resources
Find a COVID Community Coordinator
Click on the link below to search for a COVID Community Coordinator that fits your needs. Use the drop-down menus to search by cultural community, language, or county. Once you've identified an organization, click on "Show Details" for the organization's hotline number, contact information, and hours of operation.
*Please note that the search application does not work in Internet Explorer. Recommended browsers include Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.
MDH is contracting with 9 organizations to serve as COVID Community Coordinators for people with disabilities. These organizations include centers for independent living and nonprofits that provide services for the blind/low vision communities. They can help provide information about COVID testing, the Vaccine Connector, transportation to your vaccine appointment, and more.
- Access North Center for Independent Living of Northeastern Minnesota
- Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc.
- Independent Lifestyles, Inc.
- Lighthouse Center for Vital Living
- Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL)
- Options: Interstate Resource Center for Independent Living (IRCIL)
- Southern Minnesota Independent Living Enterprises & Services (SMILES)
- Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL)
- Vision Loss Resources
To find a CCC serving people with disabilities in your region, click on the "Search for a COVID Coordinator" button in the section above or view the Regional Testing and Vaccination Support for People with Disabilities Flyer (PDF).
Additional support for disability communities
Disability Hub MN continues to be a valuable resource for additional needs. The Hub can help with:
- Cash benefits (food support, housing support)
- Finding resources (food, housing)
- Health insurance coverage (Medical Assistance-MA and MA-EPD)
- Housing, help paying rent/mortgage and evictions
- Mental Health
- Rights questions
- Stimulus and impact on benefits
- Utility assistance
For more information call 1-866-333-2466 or visit Disability Hub MN.
Immigrant and refugee communities
MDH is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Refugee and Immigrant Resettlement Network to contract with refugee service agencies across the state. Through the Resettlement Network, DHS provides whole family supports to refugee and immigrant communities impacted by COVID-19.
Call the Refugee and Immigrant Resettlement Network hotline at 651-318-0989. Staff speak Amharic, Anuak, Arabic, French, Hindi, Karen, Lingala, Luganda, Mashi, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili. Language line help is available for any other language.
Call the hotline for help with:
- COVID-19 questions, including where to get tested
- Connection to all Resettlement Network services, including:
- Navigating resources and systems to meet basic needs
- School and vocational coaching
- Employment services
- Immigration support to attain citizenship
- Community orientation and integration workshops
For more information, contact the DHS Resettlement Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-431-3258.
Communities of color, American Indian, and LGBTQ communities
MDH is contracting with 19 culturally specific organizations to serve African American, African immigrant, American Indian, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latinx, and LGBTQ communities in Minnesota. Many of these organizations provide services in more than one language.
- African Career, Education Resources, Inc. (ACER)
- African Immigrant Community Services (AICS)
- American Indian Community Housing Organization
- Briva Health
- CAPI USA
- Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
- Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina (COPAL)
- Cultural Wellness Center
- Department of Indian Work – Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
- Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER)
- Hmong American Partnership
- Islamic Association of North America
- JustUs Health
- Northwest Indian Community Development Center
- Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
- Stairstep Foundation
- Tserha Aryam Kidist Selassie (TAKS)
- Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota
- WellShare International