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Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce serves Spanish speaking community

Posted at 5:53 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 19:53:42-04

TWIN FALLS — The South Central Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, along with St. Luke's Family Health Services, hosted a webinar yesterday evening in Spanish to provide the community with valuable information on how to continue staying healthy during the pandemic.

"The whole idea is to save lives, and if we could do that one person at a time, even if we had just one person that was able to benefit from the information, then that is enough," Alex Castañeda, CEO of The Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said.

Most of the Hispanic community may be at a more considerable disadvantage when it comes to staying informed, and this is due to not having enough available resources in Spanish, but they also face some additional challenges.

"You go to a Latino household, and you have grandparents living there, you have aunts and uncles, multiple generations are living in that home. So the hardest thing could be, let's say someone gets infected with the coronavirus. It's difficult they may not have the space to put someone in self-isolation," Adair Tello, Membership Executive of The Southern Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said.

Some Hispanic families may also lack the resources they need to be able to go to a hospital.

"One of the things that I keep hearing is that most minorities are affected by this because of the lack of services. In a lot of cases, it's not so much that they don't have access to services, but it's more of the fact, well I think I'm going to be ok, so I'm not going to go in, and it's the fact that maybe I don't have insurance and how am I going to pay for it," Castañeda said.

The organizations say they plan to continue to provide the Hispanic community with the services they need. If you would like to check out their upcoming webinars, you can visit their Facebook page.