Non-profit comes to Humboldt to make sure the Hispanic community is covered

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM)- A local non-profit organization has come to Humboldt County to help inform the Hispanic community that there is a way to get health care coverage.

Vision y Compromiso is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles that provides information about healthcare and different resources to Hispanic communities and it has made is way up north to Humboldt County.

The organization’s focus is to help the Hispanic community get health coverage through Medi-Cal.

“We are trying to reach out to everyone in the community to let them know that there’s access to the healthcare system in California regardless of your age, income or a nationality,” said community promoter for Vision y Compromiso William Dirks. “Whether you are undocumented or not, there’s medical services available to everyone in the community.”

The organization started in Humboldt in late October and has been all across Humboldt helping people sign up for Medi-Cal and letting them know the different resources that are available to them at no cost.

Vision y Compromiso says that there is a barrier for many Hispanic families because they don’t speak or understand the language very well and don’t know who to trust.

“We know that most of the information that websites and the health department will provide is all in English,” said community promoter for Vision y Compromiso Ariel Fishkin. “So, being able to be out here and explain to folks in Spanish you know what their options are, I think is a huge thing for a lot of people.”

Even though this organization is relatively new, they hope to expand from healthcare and add other resources that could help the Hispanic community.