During Pandemic, Rural Health Foundations Provide Financial Support, Technical Assistance, and Other Services

by Allee Mead

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the United States, healthcare facilities, public health agencies, and other organizations quickly had to figure out testing, contact tracing, treatments, telehealth, and other services. While the pandemic seems to have put life on pause, issues like hunger, mental health, and substance misuse are still present and are even exacerbated by the pandemic. Many organizations, including in rural areas, had to stop their normal activities to focus on the pandemic, while others had to address the pandemic while maintaining their previous services.

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Foundations and other charitable organizations also had to pivot from their normal role to address the pandemic. Health-focused foundations have been working to address immediate COVID-related needs in rural communities while also figuring out what support they can provide post-pandemic. Along with providing new funding opportunities, the featured foundations are providing technical assistance, convening strategic partners, identifying challenges and opportunities, extending deadlines, and streamlining processes for their grantees.

We asked four foundations:

What is your foundation doing to support rural communities
during the pandemic?


This week we share the first foundation’s response:

In the future weeks, we will share responses from these organizations:

  • Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
  • Maine Health Access Foundation
  • Montana Healthcare Foundation

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About Allee Mead

Allee Mead is a web writer for the Rural Health Information Hub. She has written on important rural issues, including maternal mortality and farmers’ mental health, and has presented nationally on RHIhub’s opioid resources. Originally from rural North Dakota, she has a master’s degree in English and is currently a doctoral student. Full Biography