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City Launches Survey to Understand COVID-19 Impact on Immigrants, Communities of Color

4/23/2021

Today, the City of Tulsa in coordination with four partner organizations, launched a COVID-19 Community Impact Survey designed to gather insights from Black, Indigenous, and communities of color about the impact of COVID-19 on their well-being and sense of belonging.

The survey is part of a larger national effort, funded by Walmart Foundation and conducted in partnership with New American Economy, to reach at least 1,000 residents across the cities of Atlanta; Austin, TX; Denver; Louisville, KY; and Tulsa, OK.

“In 2018, we adopted roadmaps like Resilient Tulsa and the New Tulsans Initiative Welcoming Plan as a commitment to address inequality and foster a sense of inclusion and belonging for all Tulsans,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “Our commitment continues, and we want to ensure our COVID-19 response and recovery efforts are equitable and inclusive of all communities. The Community Impact Survey will be an essential tool to understand what current response and recovery strategies are working and where we need to adjust or do more.”

The survey, which will be conducted in 16 languages, covers four key areas, including: Personal and Household Well-Being; Access to Economic Relief; Cultural and Linguistic Inclusion; and Perception of COVID-19 Response and Sense of Belonging. To administer the survey and participant incentives, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity is working with YWCA Tulsa, Block Builderz, Community Service Council (CSC), and UMA Tulsa to reach communities of color and immigrant communities that have faced significant challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession. The first 200 participants will be eligible to receive a $15 gift card.

Results from the survey will inform the City of Tulsa’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts as local officials work to end disparities faced by immigrant communities and communities of color.

The survey results will also inform year four of New American Economy’s annual Cities Index, a tool that measures immigrant inclusion through an assessment of local policies and socioeconomic disparities between the US-born and foreign-born.

The NAE Cities Index measures local policy and practice across five categories: Government Leadership; Economic Empowerment; Inclusivity; Community; and Legal Support. In response to COVID-19, NAE will create a new section focused on inclusive disaster response and resilience to help cities assess key policies and practices in place to better prepare for and recover from future disasters.

Here's what Tulsa’s partners had to say about the effort:

“Block Builderz is excited to partner with the City of Tulsa and the Mayor's Office of Resilience and Equity to uplift the voices of a marginalized community,” said D’Marria Monday, Block Builderz’ Founding Director. “Our partnership aims to build equity by including the voices that often go unheard.”

“Uma Tulsa is excited to partner with the City of Tulsa to gain a better understanding of the social, economic, and health needs and inequities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic in our community,” said Uma Tulsa Founder Martha Isabel Zapata, C-PRSS, MA, PhD.

“Through the Community Service Council’s close connection with Tulsa’s Hispanic/Latinx and Burmese communities, we are aware many of their families have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19,” said Su Phipps, PhD, RN, CSC’s Director for the Power of Families and Sia Mah Nu programs. “We anticipate that in partnering with the City and utilization of the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey, Tulsa will gain a better understanding of the pandemic’s impact on people of color, as well as their inclusion in Tulsa’s efforts to contain it.”

“We are proud to partner with the City of Tulsa to assist in surveying the impact of COVID 19 on our community. This opportunity allows us to further our mission in eliminating racism, by giving a voice to our underrepresented members to identify the needs and resources needed. We believe the results from the survey will provide information needed to increase health equity within the community.” DeAndre Opoku, Director of Health Equity and Wellness

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To complete the survey, which is available in 16 languages, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/resilienttulsa.

For more information about the NAE Cities Index, visit: https://www.newamericaneconomy.org/cities-index/