(COVID-19) Information

Marshallese community members across the United States are disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

We are especially vulnerable to coronavirus because our community has one of the highest diabetes rates in the world, due in part, to the legacy of nuclear testing. Having relocated to the United States since the 1980s as Compact of Free Association migrants, we often work in jobs considered essential services and live in multigenerational households.

In response to this pandemic, MEI has delivered healthy  foods to families in quarantine and assisted families with funeral expenses. MEI continues to provide educational materials through video PSA's and literature, rental and utility assistance, and cleaning supplies/PPE through various government grants and from the support of generous corporate and private funders. 

MEI's Covid-19 educational videos are supported, in part, by a grant from Tyson Foods.

Marshallese physician, Sheldon Riklon, MD, describes the importance of getting a flu shot.

A message from the Covid-19 Task Force about safety guidelines and the holidays

Fun video by Marshallese band, MARK Harmony, on safety guidelines

Marshallese Covid-19 Survivors' Testimony

I Wear A Mask PSA

Thanksgiving PSA reminder from the RMI Consulate General Eldon Alik

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MEI's Covid-19 Response and Relief Project 

Utility Assistance

MEI has limited funding remaining for utility assistance for Marshallese residents in Arkansas. 

Case Manager: Trina Marty,

Rental Assistance

Through an ESG-Covid-19 Grant through DHS, MEI is offering rental assistance for Marshallese and PI residents in Washington, Benton, Carroll, and Maddison Counties to prevent homelessness. 

Case Managers:  Marcina Langrine and Rotha Mejbon-Samuel

Call 479-365-7019 


Requirements include an eviction notice from the landlord

Click here for a preliminary application. A case manager will contact you within 4 business days.

PPE and Cleaning Supplies

MEI has supplies of diapers, thermometers, oximeters, household cleaning supplies, and Tylenol. 

Contact our office:  479-365-7019 

Other Services:
Translation / Interpreter Services
Educational Videos and PSA's
MEI provides video services in Marshallese and English.
Contact MEI for more information:


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Please get your information from trusted sources. Due to the amount of misinformation about COVID-19, we recommend getting your information from the CDC, WHO, and health professionals. We and our partners will keep you informed about information in Marshallese.

Websites in English:

Centers for Disease Control



Arkansas Department of Health

Northwest Arkansas Council

Washington (state)

King County / Seattle, Public Health


World Health Organization

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Social Distancing

What is "social distancing"?

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Social Distancing Engl

Symptoms of COVID-19

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Prevention / Safety  Measures 

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What is COVID-19? Prevention, What to do if you're sick (from UAMS, King County, WA)
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