Rev. Gerald Agee statewide director of the African American church testing program, getting tested at a San Diego church. (305515)
Rev. Gerald Agee statewide director of the African American church testing program, getting tested at a San Diego church. Credit: Photo by Brandon Johnson

CORE Response (Community Organized Relief Effort), the non-profit organization working with LA County to set up COVID-19 testing/vaccine sites, is organizing a Mini Health Fair in the city of Compton on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The hosting partner is Heavenly Vision Educational Center, and its address is 604 W. Alondra Blvd., Los Angeles, 90220.

CORE Response is also currently hosting pop-up Free COVID-19 testing sites until the end of September at the following locations:

• HOPICS NAVIG8: Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Girls Club of Los Angeles: Wednesdays and

Thursdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Compton Library: Fridays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Nickerson Gardens Gym: Fridays

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• First United Methodist Church:

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

No appointments or identification is needed for the free, walkup testing. The pain-free, self-administered tests are available to residents without insurance or document status and results will be given within 48 hours via text or email.

CORE believes testing still matters, as slowing the spread, especially with the rise of the delta variant, means fewer people will get sick, but it also gives the virus fewer opportunities to mutate.

For more Information about testing, visit www.tinyurl.com/coreresponsetest .

In addition to the free COVID-19 testing sources, CORE also has a program called LARC (Los Angeles-based Resource Coordination Program). LARC is a single-point-of-entry approach to connect vulnerable community members with local services and programs to help participants meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life.

Participants are assessed to determine their eligibility for government programs like SNAP/Calfresh, WIC, Medi-CAL, and more. They are asked about their resource needs (transportation, economic, etc.) and referred to CORE partners. The program also assists participants with applications and provides case management to reduce accessibility gaps.