How Innovative Public Health Workers Are Continuing to Serve Low-Income and Immigrant Communities

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This post originally appeared on High Country News. It has been republished with permission.

Public health workers who have dedicated their lives to their communities, building trust through in-person visits, have had to change their methods entirely. Pictured: The University of Arizona Mobile Health Unit.

For most of her career, Sheila Soto, a public health worker based in Tucson, Arizona, has worked to bring health services directly to low-income and immigrant communities. She grew up in Idaho, where her parents were farmworkers, and spent much of her early career doing community outreach to immigrants and Latino agricultural workers. 

“I honestly hated working in the fields when I was young,” she told me. “So I promised myself I would do whatever I could to get to college and to help my people so we wouldn’t be suffering so much.”

After getting her…

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