Older adults in Native American, rural, and homeless communities have been disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic due to structural and systemic inequities. However, community-based organizations (CBOs) serving these older adults are well positioned as frontline responders and trusted messengers to support their needs and provide vital services that enable them to stay safe. This commentary argues that CBOs are essential for engaging with and responding to community needs during a pandemic. The work of three CBOs is spotlighted to elucidate the importance of partnerships and trust in disseminating strategies for responding to and mitigating pandemic impacts.
- Native American
- community engagement
- community gerontology
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Life-span and Life-course Studies