Multilingual Emergency Preparedness

As a leader in multi-language health, safety, civic engagement and emergency readiness communication, Emergency, Community, Health and Outreach (ECHO) bridges the gap for immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. Through close collaborations with health and safety experts, bilingual community leaders and talented spokespersons, ECHO crafts high quality programming for television and radio broadcast and phone, print, web, DVD and partner relay distribution designed to:

  • Reduce disparities in health care for immigrant and refugee communities that face higher infant mortality, higher rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancer - and shorter life spans.
  • Promote preventive care by raising awareness of some of the most serious and costly diseases facing all Minnesotans.
  • Increase access to life-saving emergency information by facilitating efficient mass-media messaging in multiple languages.
  • Facilitate the transition to life in Minnesota for immigrants and refugees, by providing civic engagement to help new Americans integrate successfully into our communities.
  • Ensure that over half-a-million limited English-speaking Minnesotans have access to the information they need to make informed decisions affecting their well-being.

ECHO's communication tools also function as an emergency infrastructure available to public health and safety agencies during a crisis. In the event of an emergency, such as a flood or a disease outbreak, ECHO has a proven system in place to deliver critical messages in the most urgently needed languages rapidly and effectively through television, radio, print, web and partner relays.

Backed by the dedication of our community volunteers, the generosity of our public health, safety, sponsorship and media partners, ECHO works to ensure that everyone is fully informed and empowered with the tools that they need to be healthy, be safe and be ready.

For more information, please visit ECHO Minnesota.