COVID-19 Collaborative

COVID-19 Collaborative

COVID-19 Collaborative


A countywide multi-sector collaboration of existing and needed efforts fighting COVID-19 and its impacts on our community and advancing a coordinated action plan driven by science and best practices in public health and equity.


  • Created the VIDA Community Health Worker program. Hired and onboarded 110 Community Health Workers countywide.
  • Established a process to coordinate Community Health Workers at local testing sites
  • Developed a new testing strategy and recommendations
  • The County of Monterey and Community Foundation for Monterey County provided funds for the 2-1-1 call center to facilitate scheduling.
  • Reduced duplicative efforts across the industries/sectors and helped keep messaging consistent
  • Created communications toolkit accessed by more than 100 people weekly


Outreach & Support Services Workgroup

To implement the Community Health worker model/ systems navigator in Monterey County. To develop best strategies in aligning existing programs and ensure residents have access to accurate information related to testing, quarantine support and wage replacement. Lastly, deploy community health workers to educate the community about the vaccination process and mitigate fears associated with it.

Science & Best Practices Advisory Group

Provide scientific leadership and a data-driven approach to drive the collaborative forward in 1.) reducing the rate of infection 2.) contact tracing and 3.) vaccination process. The goal is to utilize existing indicators and data to identify hot spots and areas that need additional capacity and interventions.

Testing Workgroup

Contribute to reducing overall COVID-19 infections by developing a work plan, defining resource needs and coordinating implementation of a testing strategy.

Resources & Funding Workgroup

To identify existing resources and align funding to support the work groups. If needed, procure new sources of funding to support the work of the collaborative. In developing the work plan ensure resources are secured to move the work forward.

Communications & Marketing Workgroup

To build upon an existing communication framework to reach all residents of Monterey County, specifically those populations most disproportionately impacted by the spread of Covid-19. To nurture and create a united voice of many to amplify, enhance and optimize messaging to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout Monterey County, so, together, we achieve local public health and economic recovery goals.

Communications Toolkit

COVID-19 Communications Toolkit

Funding Partners

The Covid-19 Collaborative and VIDA Programs are made possible by the County of Monterey and the Community Foundation for Monterey County with support from Together Toward Health, a program of the Public Health Institute, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.








Sign up for COVID-19 public outreach tools (Constant Contact)

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Contact Michael Castro for more information.