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(COVID-19) Information

COVID-19 and its variants continues to be a threat to the population, particularly to those with compromised immune systems, including diabetes. Get vaccinated to defend against it!


Area hospitals report that roughly 90% of all hospitalizations related to

COVID-19 are those who have not been vaccinated! 


The Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson Vaccines:

  • Prevent you from getting COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill or dying due to COVID-19

  • Prevent you from spreading the COVID-19 virus to others

  • Add to the number of people in the community who are protected from getting COVID-19 — making it harder for the disease to spread and contributing to herd immunity

  • Prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading and replicating, which allows it to mutate and possibly become more resistant to vaccines

MEI's Covid-19 Response and Relief Project 

Covid-19 and Vaccine outreach videos by Rin Fareway, Pastor Paul Swington, Dr. Sheldon Riklon, and Pastor Tiree Mangang (Kiribati). See additional videos HERE!


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RMI Consul General Eldon Alik

Marshallese community members across the United States have been 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. 


Vaccine information and experiences by community members and leaders.

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 Manager:  Marcina Langrine 

Call 479-365-7019 


Requirements include an eviction notice from the landlord

Click here for a preliminary application

Washington Co ERA has been discontinued by Arkansas state officials. 

Marshallese Covid-19 Survivors' Testimony

PPE and Cleaning Supplies

MEI is still accepting donations and has a limited supply of diapers, thermometers, oximeters, household cleaning supplies, Tylenol, and food. 

Contact our office:  479-365-7019 

I Wear A Mask PSA

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

Social Distancing

What is "social distancing"?

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Symptoms of COVID-19

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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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