Community Response Networks (CRNs) are responding to the COVID-19 emergency in the communities across the province!
The BC CRN recommends that CRNs follow the BC Ministry of Health’s recommendations when planning events and activities.
With so much conflicting information being circulated, here are the most reliable and current sources to stay informed:
During this time, CRN activities which can be done virtually are encouraged and will be supported by the use of virtual platforms, emails, and telephone calls.
All CRNs are being asked to consult with their affiliates and create appropriate ways to reach out to the vulnerable populations in their community. This can include setting up telephone trees, chat boxes, and other electronic methods.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 (if the situation continues) will be marked by communities finding unique ways to help to break the isolation of vulnerable adults as well as other ways to provide safe communication for those in the community who are fearful or are being abused.
There is so much we can do when we all work together.
Please contact us to share how your CRN is making a difference in your community!
The Isolation Pandemic – COVID 19 and the Social Determinants of Health:
Select the links below to view the speaker materials from The Isolation Pandemic – COVID 19 and the Social Determinants of Health:
- Age, Gender, and Sexual Orientation as Social Determinants of Health & Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings from a National Survey by Gloria Gutman and Robert Beringer
- The Loneliness Pandemic: What is it, What’s being done, and for whom? by Kiffer Card
- The Challenge to Move Upstream: Social Determinants of Health in Vancouver During COVID-19 and Beyond by Peter Marriott
- Responding to COVID-19: The Value of Municipal and Community Based Relationships by Sahra-Lea Tosdevine-Tataryn
- Addressing Older Adult Isolation in Mount Pleasant by Daniela Gunn-Doerge
- The Importance of ‘Caring for the Caregiver’ by Ric Dilworth
- Engaging Community for Residents: Benefits, Boundaries and Barriers by Susan Moore
Some CRN Responses to COVID-19:
- Castlegar: IRIS grocery & medication deliveries
- Chilliwack: Chilliwack Community Cares program offers help during COVID-19 crisis
- Courtenay/Comox/Campbell River: Local love in a global crisis: COVID-19 service updates
- Cowichan: Local love in a global crisis: COVID-19 service updates
- Hope: COVID-19 Support Tree
- Nanaimo: Local love in a global crisis: COVID-19 service updates
- Revelstoke: CRN coordinating help for most vulnerable
- Tri-Cities: Tri-Cities seniors can help seniors weather the COVID-19 pandemic – carefully
- Tri-Cities: We are all in this together
- Saanich Peninsula: CRN hosts educational workshops and seminars focused on keeping seniors safe in their communities
Resources & Information:
- BC Centre for Disease Control – BC COVID-19 SPEAK Survey
- BC First Nation faces COVID-19 outbreak; community leaders issues racism warnings
- Behind the Mask – Indigenous Story Studio (YouTube video)
- Better health care in our communities – Op-ed by MLA Carole James
- COVID-19 Experiences & Advance Care Planning (ACP) among Older Canadians: Influence of Age Group, Gender, & Sexual Orientation
- COVID-19 Economic Development Resources
- COVID-19: That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
- Elder Abuse & COVID-19 in Canada – Expect an Increase in all types of abuse by Gloria Gutman
- First Nations Health Authority – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Loneliness & Isolation in LTC during the COVID Pandemic
- Informed Consent and the COVID-19 Vaccine
- Interventions/strategies to support social connection for people living in LTC homes in the context of COVID-19
- Seniors Can! initiative of HelpAge Canada – Grants to help low-income seniors avoid isolation and loneliness
- We Stand with Cowichan Tribes – YouTube January 2021
Frauds & Scams:
- Beware scammers during COVID-19 outbreak, warns Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
- Coronavirus-themed domains 50% more likely to be malicious than other domains
- Hackers are using these fake coronavirus maps to give people malware
- How to spot phishing scams arising from COVID‑19
- Phishing Attack Says You’re Exposed to Coronavirus, Spreads Malware
- Seniors First BC – Frauds and scams resource list