This year the health access promotoras informed over 3,153 community members about health access options available for our community, regardless of their immigration status. We also conducted 154 surveys to understand the issues our community faces when accessing health services.
In order to raise these voices, four promotoras shared their story and testified at the board of supervisors on August 1st to improve the safety net
health program. As a result of our advocacy work this past year, our county committed to changes to the application process and promotion.
The success of our outreach and advocacy will increase access to health care in the indigenous immigrant and low-income community.
With a climate of fear under the federal administration preventing many immigrant families from seeking services at local hospitals and clinics,
MICOP organized a press conference. At this press conference, Ventura County health providers issued a statement to members of the immigrant
community, assuring them that local health providers will not share patient information with federal immigration agents or allow them access to their facilities. The event was well attended by over 100 community members and covered by local media such as the Ventura County Star,
Camarillo Acorn, and Radio Indígena.