The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Utah Multicultural Commission & the Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission, have prepared a report that provides insight into the unique impact COVID-19 has had on Utah's underserved and underrepresented communities.

Our hope is that we can work together to ensure that this crisis does not exacerbate existing inequities by reducing risks and burdens often borne disproportionately by marginalized groups.

Top Ten Unique COVID-19 Barriers Faced by Marginalized Communities:

  • Access to Computers & Technology

    Many do not have access to computers or technology needed to inform them of important updates or stay connected.

  • Food Insecurity

    Due to school closures, employment instability, and shortages, many are facing barriers in accessing food supplies.

  • Access to Internet Services

    Those iwithout Internet are unable to access timely information regarding COVID-19 and find it hard to stay connected with others.

  • Misinformation

    Many are experiencing misinformation because of language barriers and lack of access to timely information.

  • Housing Insecurity

    Concerns around rent payment and housing costs are on the rise. There are also concerns around staying home if the home is not a safe place due to violence or abuse.

  • Access to Healthcare Services

    Those without health insurance or a full knowledge of available resources, face uncertainty when it comes to testing and treatment.

  • Language Barriers

    Communities whose first language is not English are facing confusion and delay of information regarding COVID-19.

  • Fear of Deportation or Repercussions to Immigrant Status

    Individuals who are undocumented fear getting testing and receiving treatment for COVID-19 and other health needs because of the fear of negative legal repercussions.

  • Landlord/Tenant Concerns

    Individuals who are experiencing housing insecurity are also facing landlords who may not be fully aware of state responses such as the moratorium on residential evictions.

  • Access to Emergency Services

    In light of the earthquake directly affecting the Salt Lake County area, many marginalized communities lacked direct knowledge and access to emergency services.

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