Mi Familia Vota partners with AltaMed to release innovative digital townhall that aims to inform its community on health issues that matter to Latino audiences
LOS ANGELES- As the June Primary Elections approach, Mi Familia Vota is proud to partner with AltaMed Health Services, one of the nation’s largest federally qualified community health centers in the nation to produce an innovative series of radio and digital townhall interviews with Los Angeles Mayoral candidates discussing issues important to Latinos, such as health care and social determinants of health as part of its “My Vote. My Health.” or “Mi Voto. Mi Salud.™” voter education campaign. The nonpartisan initiative aims to reach 200,000 new and low propensity Latino voters in underrepresented communities across Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Entravision Communications, a leading multi-media broadcaster with tremendous reach in the Latino community, has produced both video and audio assets for these conversations to be used as part of our important voter education initiative. The segments will begin airing this week on Spanish-language stations across Los Angeles.
A short five question interview was conducted by Dr. Ilan Shapiro, chief health correspondent and medical affairs officer at AltaMed, on the following issues:
- What are the biggest barriers for Latinos when it comes to health equity and access to affordable quality care?
- COVID-19 has devastated our communities, Latino communities. What are your plans to ensure that Latinos understand the importance of vaccinations for emerging from the pandemic?
- One of the major determinants of health has to do with access to affordable housing. What are your plans to tackle the issue of homelessness and affordable housing in the city?
- One of the major challenges for providing healthcare in underserved communities is the workforce shortage in the healthcare industry. What are your thoughts on the issue and can we get your commitment to take on this issue in the city?
- As you know, while Latinos make up the majority of Los Angeles’ population, they are often not represented in key appointments and other positions of authority. What are your plans to ensure that Latinos are fairly and adequately represented in the city?
“Voting is such a vital aspect of our democratic processes, and we want to empower the people we serve to have an active voice and help to shape the health and future of their community,” said Lizette Escobedo, associate vice president of civic engagement at AltaMed. “We want to ensure that voters have the vital non-partisan resources to make informed decisions that make a difference in their lives.”
Héctor Sánchez Barba the Executive Director and CEO of Mi Familia Vota said: The Mi Familia Vota education fund is committed to building Latino political power. We know that an informed, engaged Latino community will turn out and participate in our democracy. We know that the intersection of health care and civic engagement is an important one to our community. We are excited to work together to reach 200,000 Latino voters as a part of this effort.
Mi Familia Vota is proud to partner with AltaMed, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), NALEO Educational Fund, Southwest Voter Registration Project (SVREP), Mi Familia Vota Educational Fund, and Latino Equality Alliance in this effort.
To learn more visit: www.myvotemyhealth.org.