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Sep 18, 2020

Expanding Our Emergency Medical Fund

Dear COHI Family,

The definition of emergency and care seem to have transformed this year. In the middle of a respiratory pandemic, is a cough an emergency? As wildfires destroy homes 50 miles away, is the smoke burning your lungs an emergency?

This has been a year of shifting perspectives, which is why COHI is now working to shift, and ultimately expand, our Emergency Medical Care Fund. Though migrants awaiting asylum in Mexico will still be a key part of our strategy, we have now also begun working with migrants who have made in to the US and are in desperate need of help.

Whether that's a 22 year old Honduran woman who's just given birth to her daughter and doesn't have a home to go to tonight. Or the Guatemalan father of three who's children have no way of getting to school now that public transportation has become dangerous.

COHI is working with each family individually to identify their needs, provide them with funds and resources, and support them in remaining healthy and safe. Will you join us?

In gratitude,

COHI Staff & Board

Sep 15, 2020

Teleheath is Reproductive Justice

Dear COHI Family,

Can you believe the world we're living in right now? Hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes - natural disasters happening left and right. And on top of all that, there's a global pandemic with no concrete end in sight. It's enough to get you feeling downtrodden, hopeless, and lost.

Here at COHI, when we begin feeling this way, we try to focus instead on the amazing healthcare professionals we work with. People who are risking their own livelihood in order to keep others safe. But what if they didn't have to?

Right now, COHI is raising funds to begin a Telehealth program at our partner birth clinic in Puerto Rico. These birth workers are used to working in extreme conditions - having continued to provide care during and after Hurricane Maria. But COVID has presented a new type of danger. That's why we're so excited to implement this Telehealth program, which will allow the birth workers and their clients (from all across the island!) to meet without risking anyone's safety.

But we need your help to make it a reality!

In gratitude,

COHI Staff & Board

Sep 3, 2020

Finding a Home in a Pandemic

Dear COHI Family,

We write to you with the Coronavirus Pandemic still looming ominously around us. As a public health non-profit, used to zipping around the world and visiting healthcare facilities across the globe, it has been an unprecedented time of stagnation and isolation.

So, we have decided to make an impact wherever we can and however we can. This has meant sending reproductive health supplies to Honduras and medical supplies to Mexico. It has also meant reaching out a little closer to home...

COHI recently launched our COVID-19 Fund, a pot of money that will be used to solve the physical and mental healthcare needs of migrant women and children in and around Austin and San Antonio. Whether it's visiting a child psychologist to begin the trauma healing process, connecting with an midwife while in the last term of pregnancy, or receiving prescriptions for a longstanding illness - COHI will be working with these families to cover the costs and connect them with trusted healthcare workers in the area.

Will you join us in our community response to this seemingly endless pandemic?

In gratitude,

COHI Staff & Board

 
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