The year 2020 changed life as we know it, for now, but life went on in Colorado — despite the challenges 2020 brought. Here is a look at some of the stories published in La Voz’ community section.
Throughout the year, La Voz covered numerous health issues other than COVID-19, including the mental health of children, diabetes, cancer, heart and other health issues that Latinos face.
Currently, Colorado needs early childhood mental health consultants. While Hispanics are 10 percent less likely to have coronary heart disease than non-Hispanic whites, the combination of heart disease and strokes is deadly in Colorado. However, it is estimated that at least 200,000 deaths from heart disease and strokes in the United States each year can be preventable.
COVID-19 was at the forefront all year long, as media reported statistics about the virus. However, as the pandemic ensued La Voz continued highlighting people and organizations who stood up to help those in need. Among those who stepped up included a local distillery that produced hand sanitizer when the product wasn’t widely available. Aurora residents assisted nearly 200 families after posting on Facebook that they wanted to help those who need baby supplies.
Unfortunately, the reality of COVID-19 was/is grim, and nursing homes have been hit hard by the virus. La Voz highlighted numerous virus breakouts at senior homes, including ones at the Centennial Health Care Center in Greeley, which killed at least 17 residents in April, and at Juniper Village in Aurora, where at least 35 residents tested positive for the virus in April as well.
The pandemic caused some businesses to temporarily or permanently close, or alter their services. Over the summer, La Voz highlighted Latino-owned businesses that have stayed afloat throughout the pandemic. Among those businesses are Print Barbershop in Arvada, Hair and Now Salon in Aurora and Jaime’s Mexican Restaurant.
In October, La Voz covered the 2020 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals. Among those who received the award include, former State Senator Polly Baca, former Sen. Michael Bennet official, Rosemary Rodriguez, Ananda Birungi, Kent Thiry, VF Corporation, Denver, Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Pat Meyers and the Colorado Health Foundation.
La Voz covered an exhibit highlighting Colorado’s Latino, Chicano and Native people’s history made its way to the History Colorado Center this year. The exhibit, “Hecho en Colorado,” features paintings, sculptures, photographs and textiles made by Latino artists who worked in the state. It is still on display until Jan. 10.
November included the beginning of a new era when President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in the presidential election. Biden nominated a diverse staff that will fill the Cabinet of the United States. Among those who will serve include Pete Buttigieg, a gay man and former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Rep. Deb Haaland (Native American) of New Mexico, and Lloyd Austin, a Black Man and a four-star general.
La Voz also highlighted ways to help those who are most vulnerable in the community during the holidays like seniors and those who are homeless.