ECHO outreach activities directly connect immigrant and refugee communities with important resources, and support ECHO’s mission by increasing the number of community members who receive critical emergency, health, and safety information in an accessible way.
Partnering with other local service providers has been an important part of ECHO outreach, as it helps expand the possibilities of what we can all do to better the community.
In 2013 Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health, and the MN Medical Reserve Corps partnered with ECHO to develop a Cultural Services Unit (CSU) capable of supporting recovery outreach efforts in the event of a community-wide emergency.
CSU members are trained to be cultural connectors between public safety officials and immigrant communities by providing targeted communication and outreach to the growing and diverse populations in Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis.
ECHO also provides outreach services by participating in many resource fairs and community events that draw diverse populations.
Through these events ECHO is able to distribute our free annual DVDs to limited English speaking populations and other service providers, and provide information about our services, to those who may not otherwise have access.