A podcast featuring stories by caregivers of color in the time of COVID-19.
AVAILABLE NOW... Long-term healthcare workers have been overlooked for a long time, and during the time of a pandemic, things are no different. These healthcare workers are often the ones who are looking after those most vulnerable in our society. In this episode, we learn from two long-term health care workers, Monique Smith and Marybeth Linse, on the difficulties of taking care of a loved one during a global pandemic. http://bit.ly/home-sweet-ep
"If you want to change the narrative, you have to get yourself into a position to do so." State Representative Lakesia Collins , a former CNA, explains why organizing is the answer to COVID-19's disproportionate effects on the working class and people of color. SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://bit.ly/hope-in-practice
TOMORROW... Lakesia Collins is a CNA determined to change the narrative. Working multiple caregiving jobs while raising kids, she had to file bankruptcy because her nursing home paid her poverty wages. Becoming a union organizer empowered her to run for state representative of Illinois’ 9th District. Her plan is not just to get bills passed but to organize her district around the issues that she understands firsthand - housing, lifting the ban on rent control and over-policing. In this episode, she explains how these issues intersect with how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting the working class and people of color, and why organizing is the answer. SUBSCRIBE NOW: bit.ly/hope-in-practice
AVAILABLE NOW... Strict parameters limiting social activities, reducing interactions and the disruption of normal routines pose the risk of a mental health pandemic that could be spreading even faster than COVID-19. In "Home Away From Home," reporter Briana Higgins looks at the effects on nursing home facilities, staff and residents. SUBSCRIBE HERE: https://bit.ly/home-away-from
"I mean, we do have visitation now... but due to the CDC of course, they're not allowed in the building." In Episode #7, a nursing assistant at Villa at Windsor Park nursing home, talks about the effects of the current social distancing guidelines in place due to COVID-19. SUBSCRIBE HERE: bit.ly/home-away-from
Loneliness, isolation, depression, anxiety and other mental health crises have infiltrated nursing homes long before the March lockdown in Illinois. In this episode, take a deeper dive into the effects of COVID-19 on nursing home facilities, staff and residents with the current social distancing guidelines in place. LISTEN HERE: bit.ly/home-away-from
AVAILABLE NOW... Northwestern Memorial Hospital was one of the first to resume elective surgeries and admit visitors, and they received a large CARES Act grant to keep its operations going. Our fifth episode, "Divided We Stand" reported by Judith McCray, looks at the hospital’s poor communication, inequitable PPE distribution, resistance to hazard pay, elimination of contributions to employees’ 401K plans , and seeming disregard for the safety and well being of its service employees. Listen here: http://bit.ly/divided-we-stand
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"I know people are talking about hazard pay... But if it means the money, or my health and safety, I'm going with my health and safety." In Episode #6, hospital workers Bernita Drayton and Caprice Nevils discuss the need for greater safety protocols as their exposure to the virus increases. SUBSCRIBE HERE: bit.ly/protecting-me
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With COVID-19 related hospitalizations increasing and many hospitals allowing visitation to resume, hospital workers worry about their protection from contracting the virus. In this episode, hospital workers Bernita Drayton and Caprice Nevils discuss the need for greater safety protocols as their exposure to the virus increases. LISTEN HERE: bit.ly/protecting-me
"They were saying, 'Look, we're all in this thing together,' but... halfway through April, it was every man for himself." In Episode #5, we learn that while Chicagoland has yet to see a flattening of the curve, some hospitals have resumed elective surgeries and admitting visitors. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, located in the city’s center, was one of the first to do both, and received a large CARES Act grant to keep its operations going. Three employees share their frustrations and vigilance fighting for hazard pay, respect and appreciation.
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Northwestern Memorial Hospital, located in the center of Chicago, received a large CARES Act grant to keep its operations going. But little told is the hospital’s poor communication, inequitable PPE distribution, resistance to hazard pay, elimination of contributions to employees’ 401K plans, and seeming disregard for the safety and well being of its service employees. In this episode, three employees share their frustrations and vigilance fighting for hazard pay, respect and appreciation. Check out the new episode now... https://bit.ly/divided-we-stand
AVAILABLE NOW... Communication between nursing home management, their staff and residents is vital to treating and preventing the spread of Covid-19. Our fourth episode, "A Failure To Communicate" reported by Maurice Bisaillon, looks at how two Chicagoland facilities are approaching the pandemic. Listen here: http://bit.ly/a-failure-to-communicate
Sheridan Village, a nursing home facility in Chicago, tested all residents who showed symptoms; Bridgeview Healthcare Center, did not. In this episode, we look at the two different approaches and learn the outcomes for residents, and staff, during the pandemic. Check out the new episode now... https://bit.ly/a-failure-to-communicate
"Why I gotta find out on the news that a resident of our facility has died?" In Episode #4, we look at two Chicago facilities taking very different approaches to protecting their staff and residents during the pandemic. Bridgeview Healthcare Center neglected to test residents showing symptoms of Coronavirus, leaving uninformed staff members at risk of catching the virus. Sheridan Village took an opposite approach testing all residents who showed symptoms, and immediately quarantining them if they tested positive. Two different approaches, two different outcomes. Subscribe now to get the episode as soon as it drops tomorrow: http://bit.ly/a-failure-to-communicate
AVAILABLE NOW... What does it take to keep clients at a group home for adults with disabilities safe during a pandemic? Our third episode, "Detective Caretaking" reported by Ariel Mejia, explores some of the answers. Listen here: http://bit.ly/detective-caretaking
"Working in this field, you have to have eyes open." In Episode #3, go inside a group home for adults with developmental disabilities to see how one Chicago suburb is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Tanya, a direct support professional (DSP) caring for six clients shares her story... AVAILABLE NOW: https://bit.ly/detective-caretaking
In group homes for developmentally disabled adults, the contraction of COVID-19 happens faster, and deadlier than any other population. Not only are these numbers under-researched, but also underreported. We go inside one of these homes in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago to see what it takes to keep people safe and alive against the odds. Listen to the new episode now... https://bit.ly/detective-caretaking
AVAILABLE NOW!!! Demand for affordable child care has historically been high, with COVID-19 exacerbating the already unsteady system. For parents to get back to work, they need secure and affordable child care, but some providers aren’t ready to reopen yet. Others don’t have the space. The effects of COVID-19 are exposing the structural challenges child care providers like Maria Del Carmen Macias and Araida Palacios have dealt with long before the pandemic arrived. On this episode, they share their hopes and struggles as they navigate through a time of crisis.
“Childcare: Crisis Mode,” reported by Erica Carbajal, is the second episode from #HopeFromTheFrontLines.
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The home health care industry is growing fast, poised to be worth over $30B. The industry already struggles with fair labor practices, but COVID-19 hit and exposed those weaknesses.
Marisol Garcia has been working with the same in-home care company since 2003 and contracted COVID-19 while at work. She was forced to quarantine for a month, and has yet to receive pay for the lost time.
“Lost Pay,” reported by Aiden Kent, is the first episode from #HopeFromTheFrontLines
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AVAILABLE NOW!!! Hope from the Front Lines, a podcast, peeks behind the COVID-19 headlines to reveal the voices and day to day challenges of essential health caregivers and support staff who care for Chicagolands’ most-at-risk during the pandemic: the ill, seniors, people with disabilities and children. Predominantly Black and LatinX, they work long hours for little pay and even less recognition. Their stories of resilience, perseverance and commitment to those they care for shine a light during these dark times. Subscribe here: https://buff.ly/3jFaUJq
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