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.
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
MEI's Covid-19 Response and Relief Project
MEI has limited funding remaining for utility assistance for Marshallese residents in Arkansas.
Case Manager: Trina Marty,
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
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
Translation / Interpreter Services
Educational Videos and PSA's
MEI provides video services in Marshallese and English.
Contact MEI for more information:
FACT SHEETS by UAMS
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:
What is "social distancing"?