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Our Immigrant and Refugee Communities in KC during COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has swept across the globe and has had a devastating impact on families and the economy. As we continue to be gripped by this novel virus, community leaders are gathering whatever resources are available to all communities, especially the immigrant and refugee communities.

Dr. Erin Corriveau
Erica Andrade
Erica Andrade
Audé Negrete Banos
Audé Negrete Banos
Kristina Marsh
Kristina Marsh

Dr. Corriveau, deputy medical officer for the Wyandotte County Health Department will be joining us for the conversation. Dr. Corriveau is an assistant professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center,  director of the Division of Undergraduate Medical Education, and assistant director of the SOM Major Learning Society.

Erica is the proud daughter of an immigrant mother born in south Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. She has called Kansas City, Kansas home for more than 25 years. She joined El Centro in 2001. As chief program manager, Erica implements strategies in order to meet El Centro's mission, strengthen communities and improve the lives of Latinos and others through educational, social and economic opportunities.

Audé Negrete Banos is a passionate advocate for social justice focusing on children’s, Women’s, and Immigrant’s rights.  For over two decades her advocacy has taken her around the United States and Mexico.  Audé credits her mother and father for instilling in her a great deal of compassion and empathy and a value system that teaches that we only win when our community wins.

Kristina has been involved in refugee resettlement for 12 years with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, starting off as a volunteer mentor and then a case manager in the reception and placement program.  Currently, she manages refugee case management, health, and benefits services in the Refugee and Immigration Services program.

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