The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has chosen our Department of Indian Work to serve as a COVID Community Coordinator (CCC). CCCs are trusted, community-based organizations that connect Minnesota’s diverse communities to Covid testing, vaccination, and other resources. According to MDH, “It is essential to draw on community strengths and trusted community networks to respond effectively to COVID-19 and to longstanding health inequities made worse by the pandemic.”

In particular, CCCs help community members find and get critical resources to deal with health concerns, as well as employment, food access, housing, child care, and legal rights.

As a COVID Community Coordinator, DIW can answer questions about:

  • Where to get tested for COVID-19
  • What COVID-19 vaccines are available and how and where to get vaccinated
  • Food support
  • Health care and mental health resources
  • Housing and rental assistance
  • COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing
  • Employment resources

DIW is serving the entire Twin Cities American Indian community in a variety of ways, including a Covid-19 hotline open 8 am-8 pm Monday-Friday (651-304-9986). We’re deeply proud that our DIW was chosen for this important role.

Important Updates

Every Minnesotan age 16 years and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. All COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. Contact your health care provider, check local pharmacies, or sign up on the Vaccine Connector. We still do not have enough vaccines for everyone who wants one, so you may have to wait to get an appointment. It takes two weeks after your final dose for your body to build up protection.