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Nonprofits bridging healthcare gap for non-English speakers

Posted at 7:19 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 08:18:59-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Several nonprofits are working together to serve a portion of Omaha’s population which hails from East Africa. On Sunday, the East African Development Association of Nebraska hosted a health fair for those who braved the snow.

Navigating the healthcare system can be difficult right now, and for those in Omaha whose first language is not English, the challenge is even greater.

Cornerstone Nonprofit Healthcare, a clinic that operates out of a traveling tiny house, was offering blood work and flu shots.

“Cornerstone Nonprofit Healthcare is very community-oriented, and we believe very strongly in being part of the community and actually going to where people live," said founder Cherisa Meyer-Fletcher.

Unfortunately, the tiny house couldn’t make it through the snow, but the group was able to serve over 100 people.

Diapers and food were also offered for visitors to take home. Throughout the pandemic, the East African Development Association been working to meet the various needs of those who come through their doors.

“A lot of people come in every day," said executive director Mohamed Jimle. "We have all these people coming every day and they need our service.”

During a time when many are being kept apart, those who took part in the event say it is good to see the community come together.

“We need to continue to help each other, to be strong, to stay together, to be together to be happy," said Amina Mohamed Ali who was at the fair on Sunday.

Cornerstone nonprofit healthcare offers some healthcare services four days a week through the Omaha area.

They are located at Waypoint Church's parking lot on Mondays and Tuesday. On Thursdays they can be found at On the Edge Technologies parking lot, and on Fridays they can be found at the East African Development Association of Nebraska. Their hours are from 10 am to 4 pm.

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