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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every corner of the six-county region that makes up the REACH Foundation’s service area. Over the last few weeks, the REACH team has checked in with our grantees to hear their concerns and understand how they are supporting their workforce and clients during this time. These discussions, and other community conversations about unprecedented conditions, provided direction for the foundation’s COVID-19 response.
This week, REACH announced grants totaling $1,070,000 to a group of 16 Federally Qualified Health Centers, Community Mental Health Centers and safety net dental clinic that are primary providers of health services in our service area. To provide maximum flexibility, the grants awarded can be used to support staff needs, materials and supplies, and other operational expenses related to COVID-19 response.
REACH President and CEO Brenda Sharpe said the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance grants align with the foundation’s mission to strengthen and preserve essential safety net services for the region’s uninsured and medically vulnerable populations.
“The ability of health and mental health providers to adapt to changing needs in a time of uncertainty is critical during this time,” said Sharpe. “While we look to health care providers to pivot in response to the current health crisis, it is our foundation’s opportunity and responsibility to provide swift and flexible support so that the safety net is there for those who need it most.”
The organizations receiving grants include:
Federally Qualified Health Centers
Community Mental Health Centers
Other Critical Services
KC Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Sharpe said the foundation will continue to explore additional ways to support the health and human services sector as issues emerge. “We are interested in continuing to hear from our nonprofit partners and other groups about developing needs as well as tools, resources and strategies that might benefit other organizations.”
The REACH Foundation staff are maintaining regular business hours while working remotely. Contact information for REACH staff can be found here.