Non-English speakers get support understanding details of COVID vaccine

The Midwest is home to tens of thousands of immigrants — including refugees from countries like Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Iraq. It has been a challenge to provide information about COVID-19 and vaccines to those who don’t speak English. 

The Johnson County Public Health Department in eastern Iowa has COVID-19 information available in about a half dozen languages. But Samuel Jarvis, who works for the department, said getting this translated information out during the pandemic can be really hard. “Because the information changes quickly. And really, it’s just — it has to be at a faster pace,” said Jarvis.

IowaWatch Connection: Sentencing Disparities

African Americans are just 3.3 percent of Iowa’s population, but they make up 26 percent of the state’s prison population. What’s behind criminal sentencing discrepancies, and what might be done about it?

Watch Beth Malicki’s KCRG-TV9 Feature on IowaWatch’s special report, ‘Iowa’s Opportunity Gap’

KCRG-TV9 news anchor Beth Malicki interviewed IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller about the IowaWatch collaboration with four newspapers, “Iowa’s Opportunity Gap,” for her Nov. 17, 2013, public affairs show, “To The Point.” The 2013 Iowa’s Opportunity Gap project examined gulfs that have grown during 50 years in the home ownership, income, education, jobs and crime rates among white, black and Latino Iowans. You can view the interview here:

Blacks, Latinos Struggle To Raise Homeownership Rates in Iowa

Home ownership is taken for granted as the default standard of living for many Iowans. But black and Latino homeownership rates have dropped since 1960, an analysis of census data shows. The reasons are explored in the conclusion of the series, “Iowa’s Opportunity Gap,” an IowaWatch collaboration with four Iowa newspapers and I-News.

Database: Iowa’s Opportunity Gap

U.S. Census data show where black and Latino Iowans have fallen behind white Iowans when it comes to income, jobs, home ownership and high school and college degrees. IowaWatch obtained an analysis of 50 years of U.S. Census data from the Colorado-based public service journalism organization I-News, a member of the Investigative News Network to which IowaWatch belongs.