Mason College of Health and Human Services Receives Grant to Support Underserved and Uninsured Populations
Many in the region have been adversely affected by the harsh economic and social consequences of COVID-19. As a result, there has been an increase in those seeking support such as health care and food assistance from their local community.
In response to COVID-19, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNOVA) has awarded $715,000 to 35 organizations, including $25,000 to the George Mason University Foundation.
The grant awarded to the George Mason University Foundation will help deliver health care through the Mason and Partners Clinics. The MAP Clinics, a network of 10 clinics run by the College of Health and Human Services, provides free health care in Northern Virginia including crucial COVID-19 screening and treatment. The grant will help support the move to point of care (POC) COVID-19 testing that will deliver results to patients and health care providers within 45 minutes. Improved testing will help decrease the spread of the disease through early detection and prevention measures. Funds will also be used to provide emergency food supplies for those experiencing food insecurity until they are connected to more permanent community resources, which can take several weeks.
CFNOVA originally planned to provide $350,000 for this third round of grants to nonprofit organizations, but due to larger than expected contributions from the community (including a $1 million donation from Amazon) they were able to more than double the amount awarded. Approximately $1.2 million has now been distributed to non-profits organizations, aiding the citizens of Northern Virginia during this crisis.
Organizations offering health care relief for low-income and underinsured populations were encouraged to apply, as well as groups offering services for those experiencing domestic violence in light of the stay-at-home orders.
-- Written by Nicole Cummings