MULTICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

OF THE STATE OF UTAH'S COVID-19 RESPONSE


The State of Utah, by order of Governor Gary Herbert, has convened the Multicultural Advisory Committee of the State of Utah's COVID-19 Response to address disparities, increase equity and respond with inclusion to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Our Purpose


The purpose of the Multicultural Advisory Committee is to work in collaboration with existing frameworks to amplify efforts and alleviate the growing disparities faced by systematically marginalized and underrepresented communities. 

The advisory committee aims to work towards long and short-term goals that will begin to address the existing challenges the pandemic has compounded through both practical efforts and policy initiatives. Immediate and urgent needs will be addressed through priority working subgroups. 

 

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The Multicultural Advisory Committee seeks to:

  • ELEVATE best practices inspired by individual and collective achievements.
  • COORDINATE an infrastructure for individuals and groups to work together statewide.
  • CONNECT state and private resources to the community.
  • ACCELERATE existing resources to programs for greatest impact.

OUR PRIORITIES INCLUDE:

  • Increase language accessible information

    Through translation, interpretation, and literacy skills considerations.

  • Assist in the coordination of disseminating information

    Through non-traditional channels for mass access.

  • Increase service engagement in underserved communities

    To address essential needs (food and social services).

  • Increase efforts for economic stability amongst diverse business leaders

    Through training and capacity development.

  • Elevate and raise awareness to the strategic community testing sites in neighborhoods with high-risk populations

    Partnering with trusted community organizations including state agencies, nonprofits, faith based organizations, city and county governments, and community health workers.

  • Amplify and elevate the efforts community advocates are already engaged in

    Including our Community Health Workers and grassroots initiatives.

  • Collaborate with health care organizations

    To ensure immigrants have safe access to testing sites.

  • Encourage the collection and report of equity data

    Including race, ethnicity and disability status.

  • Assist in the creation of an equity and inclusion fund

    Work together with philanthropic community to address pre-existing inequities in high-risk populations.

  • Establish a practice of transparency in subcommittee efforts

    To increase trust within underrepresented communities.

We recognize that the priorities we hope to immediately address are not comprehensive and do not address all populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. As we continue to develop initiatives, we will seek to lift up, collaborate with, and support the leadership of other coalitions, subcommittees, state, city, and county governments, and community partners leading the way on related and intersectional issues.

LONG TERM GOALS

  • Create a language access plan for the state of Utah, especially for emergency response strategies.

  • Influence state and local efforts that address the pre-existing disparities caused by the social determinants of health.

  • Influence policy initiatives that prioritize equitable distribution of state and local resources.

  • Build capacity in Utah’s workforce to work with diverse communities through diversity, equity, and inclusion training.
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TRANSPARENCY


The Multicultural Advisory Committee is committed to transparency to help build trust with underrepresented communities. We seek to develop within the first two weeks of our formation a clear and structured plan for outward facing engagement. 


MEETINGS & EVENTS


Multicultural Advisory Committee meetings are held on a weekly basis (Fridays at 3 PM). In addition, several dedicated strategy teams will meet more frequently to develop efforts that address immediate needs. 

We will host our first Virtual Public Town Hall to receive input on the Multicultural Advisory Committee's work soon.  Please regularly check our website for updates.


Who We Are


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Nubia Peña

Director

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Byron Russell

Co-Chair

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Ze Min Xiao

Co-Chair

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Jess Anderson 

Utah Department of Public Safety

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Dr. Marc Babitz

Utah Department of Health

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Aden Batar

Catholic Community Services

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Juan Becerra

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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Silvia Castro

Suazo Business Center

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Mayra Cedano

Comunidades Unidas

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Neelam Chand

Zions Bank

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Rebecca Chavez-Houck

Utah Multicultural Commission

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Dulce Díez

Utah Office of Health Disparities

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Jake Fitisemanu Jr. 

Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition

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Mike Haddon

Utah Department of Corrections

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Emma E. Houston

MLK Jr. Human Rights Commission

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Dustin Jansen

Utah Division of Indian Affairs

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Deneiva Knight

Comcast

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Celina Milner

Salt Lake City Mayor's Office

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Mikelle Moore

Intermountain Healthcare

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Dr. Len Novilla

Brigham Young University

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Yehemy Zavala Orozco 

Comunidades Unidas

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Asha Parekh

Utah Department of  Workforce Services, Refugee Services

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Tami Pyfer

Utah Governor's Office

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Ming Wang

Utah Department of Human Services

 


Professional Staff


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Jenny Hor

Multicultural Subcommittee Professional Staffer


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Rozanna Benally-Sagg

Strategy Workgroup

 Professional Staffer

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Claudia Loayza

Strategy Workgoup

 Professional Staffer

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Joel Arvizo-Zavala

Strategy Workgroup

 Professional Staffer

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Mayra Cardozo

Strategy Workgroup

 Professional Staffer

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Ramy Ahmed

Strategy Workgroup

 Professional Staffer

Our Partners

The following organizations are helping disseminate resources to our communities. Please reach out to us if you'd like to collaborate.


Alliance Community Services
Christian Center Park City
Domo
Encircle
Encircle LGBTQ Family & Youth Center
Institute for Diversity & Health Equity
NAACP Ogden Branch
NAACP Salt Lake Branch
Ogden City Corp
Project Success Coalition
Salt Lake City Public Library
Salt Lake Education Foundation

Same Day Translations, LLC
SelectHealth
The International Rescue Committee, Inc.
Utah Black Chamber
Utah Black Roundtable
Utah Film Center
Utah Pride Center
Utah State Library
Utah State University
Westminster College
World Trade Center Utah


The Multicultural Advisory Committee will rely on the guidance and support of frontline advocates and community partners. 


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