Module 3 COVID 19 and Vulnerable Populations in My Community
What challenges and barriers in the community do they face?
HUS 3570: Vulnerable Populations: Health and Healthcare Issues
COVID 19 and Vulnerable Populations in My Community
For this assignment, put yourself in the role of a community health worker (CHW) or
community outreach worker for an agency that serves vulnerable populations in your
community. Imagine that your community has been overwhelmed by the COVID 19
pandemic and there is great concern that many of the community’s vulnerable citizens do not
understand the seriousness of the virus, the risk to their health or the resources available to
assist them. Your agency has been charged with the responsibility for reaching out to hard to
reach, vulnerable/at risk citizens in the community to provide education about COVID 19 and
the resources available to assist them. Your employer has engaged a number of volunteers to
go into the community to provide educational and referral information to a number of the
most at risk, vulnerable groups. To prepare them for this task, the agency has scheduled a
day-long workshop/training for all volunteers. Your boss has assigned each CHW and
Outreach Worker in the agency the task of choosing one at risk population and developing a
brief ppt. presentation (8-10 slides, not counting Title Slide and References slide) regarding
the chosen vulnerable population. You will have to choose your information carefully as you
will only have about 8 minutes to present your slides.
Carefully consider what the volunteers will need to know in order to reach out to the specific
vulnerable population that they will be assigned. For example, what makes their group
vulnerable? What challenges and barriers in the community do they face? Specifically, how
are they at greater risk from the pandemic? What information about COVID do they need to
know (you will need to prioritize this based on what is most important to the particular
group)? What resources are available to assist them/do they have access to? What is the one
best practice piece of advice you would share with them about how to approach their
vulnerable group and how to communicate with them?
Check here for a brief overview of role a CHW plays in the
Answer preview What challenges and barriers in the community do they face?