There’s an old saying to describe the month of March – it comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. While more commonly used to refer to the month’s spring-like weather, we’re struck by the timeliness of this phrase as it relates to our current situation. The month started with unprecedented force in terms of COVID-19, and we are hopeful that by the end of the month, we’ll begin to see fewer cases, signs of a rebounding economy, and even greater support for our communities. Yet with documented cases of COVID-19 now in every state in the US, we may have a few more weeks, if not months, to go before we realize progress in containing the spread of this disease.
And until that day comes, this is our new reality—teleworking, school closures, shelter-in-place requirements, etc. Managing change is never easy, but in times like this we must adapt and do the best we can. For some of you that may mean doubling down on your programs and immersing yourself in your work, for others it may mean taking time to care for yourself and those in your community, and for still others, the uncertainty may leave you unsure of what to do next. We bring these three mindsets up as examples because both of us have experienced all three over the past week—and it’s exhausting, mentally and physically.
What keeps us going is the knowledge that from chaos comes the opportunity to lead. We see examples of this coming to fruition from BUILD awardees from across the country who are stepping up despite shifts in resources and priorities in the community; from funding collaborative members who are listening to partners and changing policies and procedures in real time to better support them; from our leaders in health who people rely on as their trusted voice and source for guidance during this time; and from countless heroes who are doing their part to help flatten the curve. For our part, we’re actively planning contingencies for future programmatic milestones and listening to what you are sharing with us about this experience and about what you need. Long term, we are working on new strategies to help change norms in the US around health equity.
We are committed to standing by our awardees and partners, and working with you to continue your efforts to advance health equity—which are frankly more important now than ever before as this pandemic shines a light on the staggering inequities in our country. A reminder to current awardees that your technical assistance team and mentors, stand ready to help you with any challenges you may be facing. For past awardees, partners, and the health community more broadly, please let us know at BUILD if we can be of service.
Below is a brief list of COVID-19 related community resources that may be of use to you and your teams. We’ve done our best to review these materials individually while curating this list, but we cannot endorse or verify the accuracy of the information presented. Please feel free to share and let us know if there are more we should add. (We will update this on our blog as new resources come to our attention.)
COVID-19 Specific Resources/Templates/Tools for Organizations
ChangeLab Solutions has created a resource hub featuring materials they have created as well as trusted partner resources. You can use these resources to help coordinate your community’s response to the ongoing pandemic. (Link)
Kresge Foundation: As the news changes daily about the pandemic, they know nonprofits are looking for ways to respond, to address changing community needs and to continue important work in progress. They are compiling resources and roundups from the field and the page will be updated as they identify more quality resources. (Link)
de Beaumont Foundation: With a goal of offering practical solutions to strengthen the public health system and workforce, and enabling professionals to improve the health of their communities, the Foundation is compiling updated resources to help state and local employees who are on the frontlines of addressing the pandemic. (Link)
Public Health Awakened and The Spirit of 1848 have compiled a crowdsourced database to inform a public health response to COVID-19 that centers equity, racial justice, collective care, and community and power building in this pandemic and beyond. (Link)
Nonprofit COVID-19 resource list: This list is crowdsourced from a large number of different nonprofit stakeholders. Visitors can find everything from state and local resources to advocacy and fundraising tools: (Link)
Communications Support: For those looking for communications support and ideas, these two compilations offer a plethora of ways you can respond. Of particular value may be the crowdsourced examples of effective communications and messaging offered in Communications Examples, or Nonprofit Communications to Constituents.
Network for Public Health Law: Public health agencies, health care workers, emergency managers, and policymakers are grappling with core legal preparedness and response efforts to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. The Network’s real-time resources, guidance, and information are available to assist the public health community in this challenging time, and law and policy experts are available to provide direct assistance. (Link)
Nonprofit leaders are scrambling to keep services operational, not just open, during this worldwide pandemic. The NonProfit Times has assembled health professionals, fundraising experts and risk management authorities to provide guidance during a one-hour webinar. This free webinar is a public service presentation by The NonProfit Times and Gallagher for nonprofit managers to tap expertise on the how and why of responses you might consider to meet these challenges in fundraising, health and risk areas. (Link)
Adaptive Change Advisors – Leading Through Uncertainty
March 26, 9:30am ET
In this moment, we are faced with many choices, both individually and collectively. The loss of familiar, reassuring touch stones for many aspects of our everyday life is profoundly disorienting. It leaves us wondering ‘what should we do now?’ and ‘how do I lead through uncertainty?’ More specifically, Covid-19 – like any adaptive challenge – poses a choice…Do we hunker down, turn away from others, only care for ourselves? Or, reset and turn toward each other to hold uncertainty together in creative and life-affirming ways. That choice is at the core of our collective leadership work. It’s a choice that we face every day, every hour, every moment. Join a community of people like yourself with a simple purpose – to practice intentional connection, openness and mutual support at a time when it’s greatly needed. (Link)
COVID-19 Conversations: The Science of Social Distancing: Part 1
March 25, 2020, 3-4:30pm ET
This is part of a free webinar series from the National Academy of Medicine and American Public Health Association on the latest science and strategies. The first COVID-19 Conversations webinar will review how COVID-19 is transmitted, historical lessons from past pandemics, the state of the science on social distancing, and the targeted and layered nature of how social distancing practices are enacted. (Link)
The Collective Impact Forum – Virtual Office Hour on How to Support and Manage Rapid Change
Weekly, every Thursday at 2pm ET through April 23
This has been a time of massive disruption in all of our lives and work. Those of us who are facilitating and supporting collective impact will have to lead our groups through change. This may involve: Changing the common agenda, intended results, or performance measures; adapting strategies and work plans; assisting partners who are meeting urgent needs or are facing organizational crises; changing your teams, meetings, and communication, including moving to virtual work; or working with funders to lift restrictions on grants to focus on urgent needs of community members and organizations. Join The Collective Impact Forum for Virtual Office Hours where they will be answering your questions and offering recommendations and resources for what to think about and how to move forward when our work seems to be shifting by the day. (Link)
Combating COVID-19: Why Paid Sick Leave Matters to Controlling its Spread
April 1, 2020, 4:00pm ET
Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association and Debra Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women and Families will join TFAH’s John Auerbach in this 90-minute webinar to discuss the critical importance of universal paid sick leave for all workers to the nation’s health – during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. (Link)
If you made it this far, check out a few links picked to brighten your day
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Be delighted by the antics of sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are. (Link)
12 Ways to Work Out When the Only Prop You’ve Got is a Chair: Don’t let working at home stop you from getting in some exercise. (Link)
Cherry Blossoms: And to share a little bit of Emily and Melissa’s home, take a virtual visit to the Cherry Blossoms on the National Mall. (Link)