June 12 Daily Round-Up: NEC Members Contribute to COVID-19 Crisis Response

As our region and our nation continue to grapple with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, The New England Council is using our blog as a platform to highlight some of the incredible work our members have undertaken to respond to the outbreak.  Each day, we’ll post a round-up of updates on some of the initiatives underway among Council members throughout the region.  We are also sharing these updates via our social media, and encourage our members to share with us any information on their efforts so that we can be sure to include them in these daily round-ups.

You can find all the Council’s information and resources related to the crisis in the special COVID-19 section of our website.  This includes our COVID-19 Virtual Events Calendar, which provides information on upcoming COVID-19 Congressional town halls and webinars presented by NEC members, as well as our Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (June 12, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Mobile Unit Provides Care to Vulnerable Populations– The Mobile Health Unit at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is continuing its efforts to provide care to hard-hit communities especially affected by the pandemic. The Mobile Health Unit was recently awarded a $50,000 grant to support its efforts in the Merrimack Valley. WHAV has more.
  • MGH Enters Partnership to Expand Access to Behavioral Health Services– Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in collaboration with Oceans Healthcare, is expanding its telemedicine offerings for behavioral and mental health care as the pandemic takes its mental and emotional toll on individuals. The partnership will specialize in providing care to groups most affected by the pandemic, including adolescents, older adults, and those in low-income or rural communities. Read more.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • AAA Northeast Launches Video Series on Travel Restrictions– AAA Northeast has released a new program offering discussions and updates on local travel restrictions for users. The new video series – SmartDepart – connects travelers with professionals familiar with evolving transportation policy to provide insights into safety, cleaning, and other preparation measures. Read more from WKTV.

Community Response

  • JPMorgan Chase Commits $250 Million to Recovery Efforts– JPMorgan Chase & Co. has pledged $250 million to community response efforts. Small businesses, nonprofits, and more will receive $200 million of the commitment, with the other $50 million dedicated to the global effects of COVID-19. The philanthropic efforts aim to address both short- and long-term effects of the pandemic. Read more.
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Awards $230,000 in Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits– The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has donated $230,000 to Central and Western Massachusetts nonprofits to support the state’s relief efforts. From youth programs to food pantries, the funds will be provided to a wide range of organizations addressing the immediate effects of the pandemic on the region. MassLive has more.
  • Keolis Donates 30,000 Face Masks to Massachusetts Towns– Keolis North America has provided five cities in Massachusetts – Brockton, Chelsea, Dorchester, Lawrence and Lynn – a total of 30,000 masks to assist those areas that have been severely affected by the pandemic. The masks will be designated to those in need by the communities that receive them, including for low-income and essential worker residents, as well as first responders. Read more in The Enterprise.

Stay tuned for more updates each day, and follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates on how Council members are contributing to the response to this global health crisis.

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