United in Health / Unidos en Salud

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Maya Petersen is part of this collaboration of healthcare providers, infectious disease experts, community mobilizers, and people who are helping vulnerable populations through COVID-19.

COVID-19 disproportionately effects communities of color across the nation. In San Francisco, LatinX members make up roughly 50% of COVID-19 cases, despite being 15% of the population due to longstanding health inequities. Low-barrier access to testing and care are instrumental in curbing the pandemic.

To advance access and effectiveness to COVID-19 testing and response, the program provides free, low-barrier COVID-19 test-and-response studies that inform policy changes to address real-life conditions faced by vulnerable populations. To date (as of December 2020), over 14,000 people have been tested through the United in Health / Unidos en Salud initiative in the Mission, Bayview, Sunnydale, Tenderloin, Excelsior and Visitacion Valley districts in San Francisco. These studies have directly lead to the “Right to Recover” program in San Francisco, which provides support for families affected by COVID-19 and experience financial hardship due to isolation/quarantine.

With questions, please contact info@UnitedInHealth.org.

BIDS Affiliates

Maya Petersen

School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
Faculty Affiliate