A culturally-conscious initiative to honor Juneteenth and provide health services to underserved communities kicks off today in Compton. The innovative COVID-19 testing experience called byeCOVID hopes to create a model that might expand to other cities across the country, providing rapid testing as well as education, caring and healing.
With the support of Brown, the event was created by Trap Heals and Originals Nation, both groups dedicated to philanthropic equity, addressing economic disparity and raising consciousness in Black communities.
“On the most basic level, we are addressing the inequalities by bringing resources that are usually not available in communities like Compton in ways that are also culturally empowering,” says Trap Heals founder Damon Turner. “We believe there is immense healing that comes from being seen. And we are intentionally creating innovative cultural activations across industries with neighborhood buy-in, to guarantee they have a stake in the healthy and equitable transformation of their communities.”
Drive up or walk up access to tests and healthcare packages will be available, as will shuttle buses to the site. Support to help the program become part of a national protocol can be made by donating at byecovid.org/donate.
byeCOVID takes place from 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. at 111E Artesia Blvd., Compton. More info at www.byecovid.org.