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Ethnic Media Reporters recognized for covering 2020 epic events
Some 30 ethnic media journalists were honored for their coverage of the epic events of 2020 at a virtual California Ethnic Media Awards ceremony which took place this Thursday night.....Read more by clicking here.

COVID vaccination will not be required to attend K-12 public school in California
California teens ages 12-15 can start getting vaccinated for Covid as of May 13, but getting the shot will not be required for attending K-12 public schools in the state, said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly at a press briefing....Read more by clicking here.

How communities can heal post pandemic
Experts warn that even if the United States reaches the elusive herd immunity, closing the growing inequality gaps separating low-income communities of color from the rest of the country will require more work.
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"It's not hesitancy, it's access" - Umoja health volunteers target vaccine access
As rap music joined the whoosh of nearby BART trains on a recent Saturday morning, Umoja Health Founder Dr. Kim Rhoads and her army of volunteer health care workers delivered shots of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 300 people at a pop-up vaccination clinic.... Click here to read more.

Commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
In this FAQ, Dr. Fan addresses the most common questions asked by his patients regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Three brands of the vaccine are currently available in the U.S. – the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and the single-shot Johnson and Johnson: all three have similar levels of efficacy.... Read more here.

New benefits for unemployed Californians in Biden's American Rescue Plan
When President Biden signed the country’s third federal COVID-19 stimulus package with direct payments to individuals into law on March 11, it extended the increased unemployment benefits that first went into effect with the CARES Act a year prior.... Read more here.

Taking steps to combat anti-Asian bias
Asian Americans are encountering increased hostility amid the COVID-19 pandemic and it has engendered fear in their communities....Read more here

As we march into orange, let’s ensure that the Black and Brown are not left behind
San Mateo County moved into Tier 3 (Orange) on March 18, 2021. In this tier, shopping malls, places of worship, dine-in restaurants and some non-essential businesses can open indoors with modifications.....Read more here

Key COVID-19 messages for the East Palo Alto Community
The San Mateo County Health department issued some important and critical information this week regarding COVID-19 that East Palo Alto community members should know....
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Experts discuss the challenges in reopening schools too soon
As the United States continues looking for a way to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the first challenges is reopening schools nationwide...
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COVID-19 death rates highlight racial inequities
Life expectancy in the United States has fallen in the last year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to recent data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)....Read more here.

East Palo Alto City Council reviews its key accomplishments
As COVID-19 continues to follow us into the new year, the East Palo Alto City Council and members of the city staff held a special meeting on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The meeting was the council’s strategic planning retreat and it was held via Zoom in an online format....Read more here.

Domestic violence incidents are up due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic forced Americans to shelter in place to avoid increasing their risk of being infected or infecting others. One unintended consequence of these efforts to shield people from the virus is that it forces victims of domestic violence to be together with their abusers.
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Amid soaring death rates, California scrambling to increase available ICU beds and oxygen supplies
California’s COVID-19 related death rates jumped by 10,000 last month — for a total of 30,000 — leaving the state scrambling to increase ICU capacity and oxygen supplies.
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Stimulus bill provides scant relief for COVID battered nation
A $908 billion stimulus package, passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump late on the evening of December 27, will afford scant relief to millions of Americans facing evictions and the end of their unemployment benefits.... Read more by clicking here.

COVID-19 is surging in California
As the rate of cases once again surges in California, all Bay Area counties have reverted to the high-risk status and are under lockdown with the rest of the state.....Read more by clicking here.

FTC's "Operation Income Illusion" targets get-rich-quick scams
In the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, criminals are brazenly floating “get-rich-quick” schemes to fleece unsuspecting people seeking financial security for themselves and their families.....Read more by clicking here.

San Mateo County converts two hotels into housing for low income and homeless residents
California’s ongoing housing crisis, combined with the financial fall out of the COVID-19 pandemic, have increased housing insecurity for vulnerable residents. On October 29, 2020, the state awarded San Mateo County $33 million in Project Homekey funding to purchase permanent housing units for low-income seniors and the homeless....Read more by clicking here.

Will communities hardest hit get Covid 19 vaccines?
The U.S. is weeks away from rolling out COVID vaccines, but pandemic experts say the challenges of vaccinating people will be acute, especially in communities of color....Read more by clicking here.

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Getting Media Coverage: Tips for Working with the Press

We're all familiar with social media. But, we also still have the working press from which we obtain news and information. Click here to see how you can get useful tips for working with traditional media.

 

Addressing Concerns about the COVID Vaccine Rollout

From top left going clockwise: East Palo Alto City Council member Antonio Lopez, CA State Assembly member Marc Berman, Henrietta J. Burroughs, CA State Senator Josh Becker, RCSD Board Trustee Ana Marie Pulido, Ravenswood Family Health Network CEO Luisa Buada and below, Pastor Paul Bains. All are shown during the March 18, 2021 Zoom recording of the Talking with Henrietta television show.  See more details below.

Is there any merit to the allegation that the COVID-19 vaccines are being unequally distributed to different ethnic groups? Discussion participants answer this question and many others on this new edition of Talking with Henrietta. Find out more about the show by clicking here.

 

Twenty-twenty: A Memorable Year
The Year in Review
Participants on the 2020 Year in Review show
From left, Vandana Kumar, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Emily Mibach top row and Gennady Sheyner and Jocelyn Dong bottom row are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on Thursday, January 15, 2021. See a brief description of the show below.

Many know that 2020 was very different from past years. On this edition of Talking with Henrietta, show guests discuss why they think 2020 will be a big year in our history books. Get more information about this show by clicking here.

 

Increasing Access to COVID-19 Testing Is Equity
Panelists at the San Mateo County's Office of Community Affairs Press Briefing are shown during their Facebook Live discussion. See more information about this discussion below.

On this new edition of Talking with Henrietta, you'll see a replay of an important briefing about COVID-19 testing that was given to the local media. Get more details about this briefing here.

 

Exploring Critical Issues with the East Palo Alto City Council Candidates
Screenshot from interview with East Palo Alto City Council candidates
From top left, Carlos Romero, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Stewart Hyland; 2nd row from left, Council member Larry Moody, Juan Mendez and Council member Lisa Gauthier; bottom row, Antonio Lopez and Winston Lincoln. All are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on October 8, 2020.

What do the East Palo Alto City Council candidates have to say about the issues? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.

 

Taking Another Look At Census 2020
Photo from show discussion on taking another look at Census 2020
From top left, Ama Nyamekye, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Marianna Yamamoto; below left, David Tucker, Stephanie Kim and An Le are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on July 23, 2020. See below for more information on this show,.

There are big changes taking place in the news industry. What type of changes and how do they affect us? We discuss some of these changes and the effect that they have on the news on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.

 

The Black Lives Matter Movement: Where Do We Go From Here?

Screenshot of Black Lives Matter show participants
In the TV monitor from top left, Lisa Tealer, Kyra Brown and Yoriko Kishimoto. Second row left, Court Skinner, Vandana Kumar and Frank Omowale Satterwhite appear with Henrietta J. Burroughs during their Zoom discussion on July 1, 2020. Get more details below.

Community leaders shared ideas and various perspectives on our current social issues on this new edition of Talking with Henrietta. Find out more about this show here.

 

 

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