AIMGA members help to educate newcomer communities about COVID-19 by providing pertinent information in various languages
What is COVID-19?
What is social/physical distancing and why is it important?
When to seek medical attention
How to prevent COVID-19
Part 2: What does isolation mean? Why is it important?
Part 3: Safety and prevention at home
Bengali Part 1 Part 2
Hebrew Part 1 Part 2 Part 3a Part 3b
Hindi Parts 1,2,3
Igbo Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Ilocana (Filipino) Part 1 Parts 2,3
Kapampangan (Filipino) Part 1 Parts 2,3
Malayalam Parts 1,2,3
Mandarin Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Punjabi Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Russian Part 1 Parts 2,3
Somali Part 1
Spanish Parts 1,2
Tagalog (Filipino) Part 1 Parts 2,3
Tigrinya Part 1 Part 2
Ukranian Part 1 Parts 2,3
AIMGA members help!
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AIMGA members assist workers of meat packing plants who have been impacted by COVID19
AIMGA was called upon by AHS to assist in supporting Cargill Food employees and to identify other immigrant serving organizations that could provide supports. AIMGA reached out to ActionDignity as they had also been called upon by the plant in Brooks to assist. Given that CCIS which has offices in both High River (FCIS) and Brooks (BCIS), AIMGA suggested working with them. Together we’ve been working tirelessly to support the workers in ways our respective organizations can. All three organizations made calls to the 2000+ employees. CCIS reached out to other organizations to support in the making of calls as we had a 72 hour turn around time from April 24th to 26th.
A team of our AIMGA members made over 500 calls to check in on employees and their families, provide education around COVID19, and identify supports that were required in order to help families isolate safely. Items such as food, household cleaners, sanitizer were identified as some of the most immediate needs. These referrals were provided to CCIS who then later put out a "call to action" to other Immigrant serving agencies to assist with the demand for food donations and the delivery of these essential items. ActionDignity has offered webinars on the financial benefits workers can apply for as there were many questions and concerns around this area. ActionDignity also reached out to ethnocultural organizations to obtain immediate delivery of food to families over the weekend. CCIS was also delivering food to households in Calgary.
Some AIMGA members went to Brooks, AB to offer support in first language to those who needed it for the COVID19 testing that took place from April 26-28 as they too have experienced a large outbreak.
AIMGA members along with BCIS interpreters
Our members continue to work alongside AHS in Town Hall meetings to provide interpretation support where needed. They are also conducting follow up calls to ensure questions around COVID19 are being addressed and that there’s an understanding of what isolation means as the mixed messages around COVID19 can be confusing.
Deidre Lake, Executive Director wants communities and ethno-cultural organizations to know that members are happy to support in ways they can. They've been looking for ways to get involved in the fight against this new disease. It is important to us that newcomers have accurate information about COVID19 and that this information is provided in various languages. Therefore, our members have come together to provide videos in 19+ languages. We hope you pass these on to communities at large.
We also would like to thank AHS for leading our community task force and our members for the supports they’ve provided along with ActionDignity and CCIS/FCIS/BCIS.
Food donations and supports: If any organization is interested in donating funds for food so vulnerable families can isolate safely at home, please email Deidre Lake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles related to this initiative:
COVID-19 and IMGs in the news
- International doctors awaiting license are feeling sidelined in the COVID-19 pandemicLink
- Calgary emergency doctor heartened by mask policy along with Albertans' COVID-19 complianceLink
- 'We want to join this fight': Immigrant physicians make plea to serve on front lines of COVID-19Link
- Immigrant doctors frustrated at being left on COVID-19 sidelinesLink
- Ontario asks anyone with medical background to step forward to fight COVID-19Link
- Some internationally trained doctors can apply for 30-day Ontario licence to fight COVID-19Link
- Brampton councillor asks province to allow more foreign-trained doctors to help with COVID-19 crisisLink
- The case for additional MD residencies for Canadian IMGs in B.C.Link
- Even in a pandemic, foreign doctors face a system rigged against themLink
- It's absurd to ignore foreign-trained doctors' offers to help with the COVID crisisLink
- Former B.C. health official calls for internationally trained healthcare workers to join COVID-19 fightLink
How IMGs can get involved
Register with AHS
AHS is maintaining a list of individuals with medical training who are willing to be redeployed as the COVID-19 response evolves. Please click here if you want to register to assist with the AHS Calgary Zone Physician response to COVID-19.
Register with CPSA
If you are licensed by the CPSA please click here to complete the CPSA COVID-19 Physician Registry survey. CPSA will forward your willingness to volunteer to AHS. Alternatively, if you are currently not eligible for licensing with the CPSA you can click here to register to help.
Calgary Drop-In Centre
There is an urgent need for medical volunteers to help prevent and prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the Calgary Drop-In Centre. If you’re interested in helping serve this vulnerable population, please click here to sign up.
National COVID-19 Volunteer Recruitment Campaign
The Government of Canada is building an inventory of volunteers from which provincial/territorial governments can draw as needed. Please click here to submit your name to join us in Canada's response to COVID-1.
Register with the Red Cross
Click here to register and learn more about COVID-19 volunteer opportunities with the Canadian Red Cross.
Free Online Ventilation Course
This course will provide licensed medical professionals with an understanding of mechanical ventilation so they can assist with the operation of mechanical ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to sign up.
Want to help make public health in your community better? FluWatchers normally track the flu but with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are shifting our focus to tracking COVID-19 over the spring and summer months. Click here to sign up.
Click here to sign the online change.org petition to allow IMGs to assist with COVID-19.
Register with U of C
The University of Calgary, Department of Medicine Pandemic Response Team is seeking physicians interested in helping care for hospitalized patients to sign up. Please click here to register.
Register with CPSBC
In order to help meet the increasing demands on the capacity of the health-care system, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia has made temporary emergency registration options available to physicians who meet certain eligibility requirements. Please click here for more information.
Other COVID-19 Resources
- Workplace Guidance for Business OwnersLink
- City of Calgary food resourcesLink
- List of pickup and delivery restaurants and food services in AlbertaLink
- AHS Multilingual ResourcesLink
- University of Calgary COVID-19 resourcesLink
- Calgary Local Immigration Partnership (CLIP) Multilingual COVID-19 resourcesLink
- COVID-19 resources for Edmonton residentsLink
- P is for Pandemic (kids book)Link
- Alberta Health Services COVID-19 websiteLink
Online classes and services
AIMGA will be offering classes online. One-to-one consultations with our staff members can be booked from our Consultations and Appointments page and will be offered by phone, Skype, or Zoom. At this time we are conducting follow up so you will be hearing from one of our team members. On behalf of all of us at AIMGA, stay well. Regards, Deidre Lake, Executive Director