As we work to provide healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Railcare Health is taking precautions to ensure the safety of our volunteers and patients. All volunteers at in-person events, moving forward, will be required to fill out a daily questionnaire regarding possible COVID-19 exposure or symptoms. Responses not received within 72 hours of the event will result in a volunteer not being allowed to participate. A single response to a question that yields a possible COVID-19 related exposure will result in that volunteer not being allowed to volunteer at the clinic day and a 14-day quarantine. The CDC guidelines put forward in regards to COVID-19 will be strictly followed and any violations will halt Railcare Health’s ability to hold clinic days. Proper protective equipment including face shields, gloves, and N-95 masks will be provided to all volunteers at events to ensure everyone's safety. Participating at events is completely optional and there will be no repercussions for volunteers that choose not to participate in an event due to COVID-19 related concerns. There will be a liability waiver signed by all volunteers prior to participating in any events that will release Railcare Health from any liability related to COVID-19 exposure. Railcare Health wants to continue to provide healthcare access to anyone in need, while keeping everyone safe and healthy!
As an organization we have partnered with Access East, Inc. and UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases to provide mobile COVID-19 testing to migrant workers all over North Carolina. Our team was able to test all of the workers at a farm in Selma, NC for our first event. Railcare Health and our partners have now completed multiple testing events to those that didn't have access to it. On October 2nd, our team was able to test 109 workers at one single event. We are excited to expand our testing to more migrant worker populations in the future!
We as Railcare Health realize that we have not been active enough in our support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the past. We are releasing this statement to emphasize our continued and sustained support for the BLM movement, and in an effort to raise awareness about the systemic oppression that people of color experience daily. While we pride ourselves on diversity and the strength that it brings to our team, we recognize that many of us are privileged and we strive to continue to educate ourselves and become stronger allies to the Black community. It should not require the death of a Black man for us to release this statement, and moving forward we will be active in our support of change and equality.
We will be supporting the protesters in North Carolina by donating water, first-aid treatment, and supplies. To continue long-term conversations, we will be starting a forum on our website to address systemic racism in healthcare and reaching out to community leaders to help us learn and grow. We are implementing training modules to ensure that our team is educated on issues surrounding racial disparities in medical and broader social settings. If you would like to add any input, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome suggestions and feedback as we seek to grow as an organization.
"It is well-established that blacks and other minority groups in the U.S. experience more illness, worse outcomes, and premature death compared with whites.1,2 These health disparities were first “officially” noted back in the 1980s, and though a concerted effort by government agencies resulted in some improvement, the most recent report shows ongoing differences by race and ethnicity for all measures." - Monique Tello, MD, MPH