Like all of you, CHCI is deeply concerned about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. In response, we have taken action to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of everyone we engage including: telework for all our staff, supporting our program participants in either returning home early or teleworking at their placements with all leadership programming now virtual, and as previously announced, postponing our upcoming Health Summit to June 16. We will continue to monitor the situation and further adapt our programming and events as needed. We urge everyone to follow the directives and guidance to stay in your homes and away from other people as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus, and to take extra precautions – for example, washing hands frequently, wiping down surfaces with disinfectants – to protect your own health.
During these challenging times, it is imperative that we work together to fight any further spread of COVID-19. We appreciate the tremendous responses from many of our private sector allies, and those from the public and nonprofit sector as part of an overall effort to ensure the health of our communities, and want to help share information about that work.
For example, our partners at Amazon, Bank of America, Constellation, Facebook, MasterCard, PepsiCo, Prudential, and Walmart have pledged millions to increase medical response capacity, research and development, food security, and financial support to communities and small businesses across the country.
Similarly, our telecommunications and technology partners such as AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Dell, Google, T-Mobile, and Verizon are working to ensure that under-served communities, including the millions of students now engaged in distance learning and employees now teleworking all stay connected.
Our media partners at National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Telemundo, and Univision are providing valuable information on their networks and digital platforms to educate and inform our communities about the virus, and what people can do to protect their health.
Finally, our partners in biotechnology, including Bayer, Gilead Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline, and Johnson & Johnson are working closely with global and national health authorities to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak through biomedical research.
Here are a number of resources from the public and nonprofit sectors we have gathered so far to help individuals and families be safe and withstand the economic slowdown, especially those most vulnerable at this time. It is not an exhaustive list, but we hope these resources will provide support for many. We will share more as we are able.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)– How to manage stress and anxiety during COVID-19
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): Protect yourself financially from the impact of coronavirus
- S. Department of Labor– Career OneStop Unemployment Benefits Finder
- S. Department of Labor – Family and Medical Leave Act Questions and Answers
- S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- District of Columbia COVID-19 Resources
- Maryland Unites – The Hogan Administration’s COVID-19 A-to-Z Resource Guide
- Virginia Department of Health: Resources and Support
- Hispanics In Philanthropy (HIP) Rapid Response for Census 2020 and COVID-19 Grant Program
- The HOPE Center: Resources for college students experiencing hunger, homelessness, as a result of COVID-19
- Teach For America– Resources for Public Schools
- Undocuscholars COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Communities
- United Way 211: FAQ’s, resources available to those impacted
- WhyHunger Hotline: Helping those in need find local healthy food resources
We will continue to share information about helpful resources as we gather them. We hope you take all appropriate steps to ensure your own health and safety. As a united community, we will endure!