COVID-19 Collaborative

COVID-19 Collaborative


The COVID-19 Collaborative is a countywide multi-sector collaboration of stakeholders fighting COVID-19 and its impacts on our community by advancing a coordinated action plan driven by science and best practices in public health and equity.

As the pandemic shifted in Fall 2022, the CFMC convened a meeting of key stakeholders to discuss the future role of the Collaborative. In response to input from the group and county leaders in mental health, the group will become the Community Wellness Collaborative, focusing on mental health.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Michael Castro, CFMC Director of Community Initiatives and Partnerships.


  • Developed the VIDA Community Health Worker Project to promote trusted messengers. Hired and onboarded 120 Community Health Workers countywide.
  • Set up community-based testing system implemented by Community Health Workers
  • Hired two project managers for VIDA Project and vaccination and testing
  • Coordinated vaccination clinics to ensure countywide equitable access
  • Reduced duplicative efforts across industries/sectors and helped keep messaging consistent
  • Coordinated communications and created communications toolkit accessed by more than 200 people weekly
  • Working towards recovery and resilience


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.

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.

Past Groups

  • Science & Best Practices Advisory Group – Provides 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.
  • Resources & Funding – Identifies 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.
  • Testing Workgroup – Contributes to reducing overall COVID-19 infections by developing a work plan, defining resource needs and coordinating implementation of a testing strategy.

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)

Email sign up


Contact Michael Castro for more information.