Once again the staff at Emergency & Community Health Outreach (ECHO) are meeting the challenge of inform and engage the broad community in the mainstream of events and happenings that affect daily life for all Minnesotans. Though the state shutdown may be grinding to an unsteady halt, questions remain about the shutdown itself and the long-term impact on delivery of services.
In record time – and with generous collaboration on behalf of a team of volunteers and partner organizations — ECHO has produced a video “MN Government Shutdown and You” about the implications of the state shutdown and post-shutdown are available. The video is circulated, accompanied by messages being carried now on community radio, online media and through PSA’s, printed fliers and social media announcements. All are accessible in four languages: English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali.
Most immediately, “MN Government Shutdown and You” will air on tpt Channel 17 on Sunday, July 17 (English at 6:30 p.m., Spanish at 7:00 p.m., Hmong at 7:20 p.m. and Somali at 7:40. For those who miss the broadcast DVD copies will be available; email firstname.lastname@example.org. The video is also streamed on the ECHO website.
The finished program about the shutdown is being captioned and will be circulated widely throughout the state. In a note about the new program the ECHO Team writes: “We are so appreciative of our multi-lingual teams, guests, tpt, and SPNN (St Paul Neighborhood Network) who worked diligently to produce 4 TV shows, 4 PSAs, web/social media, promotions and media plan plus outreach through our partner agency, the Minnesota Literacy Council.”
Thank you, too, from those of us who only stand and write.