Recognizing the impact longstanding health inequities, which are rooted in systemic racism and oppression, are having on COVID-19 in Oregon, community-based organizations (CBOs) are key to preventing and mitigating COVID-19 in communities that are most impacted.
In June 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released a grant announcement for CBOs to support culturally and linguistically responsive services as a part of the state’s COVID-19 response. These grant funds are directed to communities that include but are not limited to: people of color, people with disabilities, people who are houseless, individuals with substance use disorder, immigrant and refugee communities, faith communities, undocumented communities and farm workers, people experiencing mental health issues, older adults and LGBTQIA+ communities.
News Release July 23, 2020
OHA funds more than 170 community groups to support contact tracing, outreach and other efforts to combat COVID-19
CBOs are being funded to work in one or more of the following three areas:
- Community engagement, education and outreach
- Contact tracing
- Social services and wraparound supports
This was a competitive process. Due to gaps in service, language and community coverage throughout the state, OHA continues to accept applications for the remainder of the funds to increase capacity for contact tracing, and organizations that serve certain culturally specific communities or undeserved areas. OHA’s current priority is ensuring that the first round of community-based organization awardees are able to start work as soon as possible to increase state and local capacity. Thus, new applications will be reviewed weekly.
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