COVID-19

Videos

Select a category below to review videos created by AIMGA members to help educate newcomer communities about COVID-19. Many languages are available:

Webinars

Upcoming Sessions:
Not currently available
Overview
Alberta International Medical Graduate Association in partnership has partnered with The Immigrant Educational Society to bring you a series of webinars. The purpose of the sessions is to educate communities in first language about COVID19 and allow community members to ask questions. Each session includes a 20 minute presentation followed by a 20 minute period for questions and answers.
Previous Sessions
Session 1:
An overview of COVID-19
Session 2:
What to do if you're COVID+ or have come into direct contact with someone who is?
Session 3:
The emotional impact of COVID-19 and tips on maintaining our own well-being throughout the pandemic
Session 4:
Workplace safety guidelines
Session 5:
What we know about children and COVID-19

Health and Wellness team

We are grateful for the support and contributions of our members in our various community initiatives. Click here to meet our team!

Podcasts

Health and wellness podcasts are coming soon! Watch this space for more details.

AIMGA members help!

Webinar

Click here to watch the panel discussion webinar about the High River meat plant outbreak response.

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 deidre@aimga.ca.

Articles related to this initiative:

Lives on the line

Alberta's COVID-19 crisis is a migrant-worker crisis, too

Diverse communities in Calgary facing discrimination over Cargill’s COVID-19 cases

Filipino workers face backlash in towns over COVID-19 outbreaks at packing plants

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.

Fluwatchers Wanted

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.

Online Petition

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