WHO ARE WE?
Refugees and immigrants face many obstacles trying to advance in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic vastly added to the resource limitations within these communities. The Refugee and Immigrant Vaccine Alliance (RIVA) is founded and led by refugee and immigrant leaders and organizations, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related consequences. We believe that equitable representation and collaboration from our communities is crucial to address and combat public health inequities directly affecting us.
We commit to serve as voices, friends, mentors, and educators who advocate for and advance health equity among Iowa’s growing refugee and immigrant communities.
Advocacy - Use community-identified priorities to shape solutions and define terms of success
Collaboration - We are committed to meaningful, ongoing relationships to achieve a collective vision
Inclusion - We respect people, value diversity, and are committed to equity
Participation - We value and recognize the contribution of each community member and volunteer
Service - will be tailored to the needs of diverse communities
Refugees and immigrants face many obstacles trying to develop themselves in the U.S. The COVID-19 pandemic has vastly added to the resource limitations in communities across the nation. To our statewide immigrant and refugee organizations & leaders who believe in the importance of social justice and the support of immigrant communities, this is an invitation to join the Refugee & Immigrant Vaccine Alliance (RIVA). A pledge to organize, build people-power, develop equitable vaccine access and relevant tools related to COVID-19 pandemic and related consequences.
Our mission and values revolve around the exploration of advocacy, education & community development possibilities that aid immigrants and refugees. We commit to serve as voices, friends, mentors, and educators to rebuild, integrate, service, and empower Iowa’s growing community.
As a part of the alliance members will agree to the following:
Open and fluent communication between partnerships
Use the tools created by the Refugee & Immigrant Vaccine Alliance
Build solidarity to increase our ability to help one another
Remove barriers, foster equity and inclusion
Leverage community power between leaders
Thank you for your commitment and promise to serve refugees and immigrants across Iowa.