April 02, 2020

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Message from our CEO, Maurice F. Hickey:

Voices for Utah Children is closely watching news about policies that impact Utah’s children and families as we deal with the COVID-19 crisis. To keep you informed, our staff will be doing a deep dive into various policy issues related to Utah’s families, and how the State and Federal government is working to respond.

We will bring you information on how the outbreak is impacting childcare, healthcare and immigration. We’ll discuss the short and long term tax and budget implications, and so you don’t worry, we’re committed to ensuring it’s not all doom and gloom! We promise to highlight good news when it’s available and action items you can take that will make a difference in our community.

These e-mail updates will generally come once a week, and we hope you will find them interesting and informative. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact me directly at .

Voices for Utah Children Statement: COVID-19 and How the State of Utah Should Protect Families 

COVID-19: Economic, Child Care, Healthcare, Immigration and other important resources.



Resources to learn more about the federal COVID-19 response legislation:

Additional Resources:

Fact Sheets, Blogs and Reports: 


State Child Care Actions in Response to COVID-19:

Additional Child Care Resources:



Health Coverage, Access and Enrollment Support: 

Getting Care if Uninsured:

National COVID-19 Information and Updates:

Mental Health Support Resources:

Public Health Analysis and Health Equity:


Resources for Combatting Xenophobia:

Statement from the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office for New Americans

Xenophobia and Community Values 

Given the origins of COVID-19 in China, leaders should be prepared for the possibility of xenophobic responses within the community.

Every effort should be made to dispel misinformation that COVID-19 is linked to individuals of a specific ethnicity, race, or national origin.

In preparing for COVID-19, we also must advance and support a healthy climate of inclusiveness, respect, and diversity:

        • Deliver community-level messaging (preferably from someone at the highest levels of authority), that reinforces Utah’s shared values (e.g., mutual respect, welcoming) within the context of the emerging threats.
        • This is an opportunity for leaders to frame the current situation with a perspective that encourages respectful behavior, minimizes microaggressions, and outright discrimination toward residents from COVID-19 infected countries or perceived to be descendants from those countries. 
        • Engage with stigmatized groups through channels that reach these communities.
        • Leverage community, local mayors, faith leaders, and others to share the message.

Resources for combating xenophobia:

Additional Resources for Immigrant Families; 


Resources for Educating Communities about COVID-19: 

Local Community Resources for Utahns in Need:

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities:


US Census Bureau:

Children's Defense Fund:

Tools for Advocates: 


Society of Refugee HealthCare Providers: