Hani Jacobson - Saint Cloud, Minnesota
After moving to the United States, Hani became a registered nurse and has since been an advocate for immigrants and families of color, identifying barriers to medical care and working to eliminate them.
When the pandemic began to engulf the country, she knew who could be the most at risk. She joined the Somali Community COVID-19 Task Force, making appearances on Somali radio, driving to different businesses to translate safety protocols, and walking door-to-door, handing out masks and informing people of risks. “Education and health, they’re related. It’s the lack of access and understanding of how to navigate these systems. Parents are facing housing and food insecurity, and on top of that, they are fighting for their health,” she says.
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