Saint Francis Healthcare Provides $75,000 Grant to United Way Delaware for COVID-19 Efforts

Saint Francis Healthcare is providing United Way Delaware with a $75,000 grant to support COVID-19 education, outreach and vaccination clinics in Wilmington.
Part of Trinity Health’s “It Starts Here” campaign, the grant will support and enhance the Wilmington COVID-19 Community Mobilization Group, of which Saint Francis Healthcare is among over 50 local partners. Launched in spring 2020, the Group collaborates with the Delaware Division of Public Health on grassroots outreach and education to build trust in the COVID-19 vaccine and increase access to vaccination opportunities for vulnerable communities.
 
United Way Delaware will receive 100 percent of grant dollars to be disbursed among community partners including but not limited to the following organizations:

  • Community Intervention Team
  • Latin American Community Center
  • Kingswood Community Center
  • New Destiny CDC
  • Westend Neighborhood House
 
The grant partners are well-established community organizations representing at least one of three zip codes (19801, 19802, 19805) chosen due to high COVID-19 testing positivity rates, poor health outcomes and evidence of vaccine skepticism.
 
“At Saint Francis, we are deeply committed to providing compassionate care to our communities, especially those in need,” said Brandon Harvath, president and chief operating officer of Saint Francis Healthcare. “This grant helps us collaborate with our partners and steadily work toward our mission of supporting those who are most vulnerable.”
 
The grant will assist partners with online and in-person distribution of COVID-19 education materials, the development of webinars with leading experts in Delaware and the logistics necessary for upcoming vaccination clinics, including increased community awareness, local volunteers and accessible locations.
 
 
 
 
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“As more COVID-19 vaccines become available, this grant will help us and our partners educate more community members about vaccine safety and efficacy,” said Lil Schonewolf, vice president of Community Health and Well Being for Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic. “We are working to break down barriers and meet our community where they are to provide accessible vaccination opportunities.”
 
Trinity Health’s “It Starts Here” campaign will provide $1.12 million across 24 communities nationwide to improve COVID-19 vaccine confidence and increase access to vaccination clinics.
 
For more information about Saint Francis Healthcare, visit www.trinityhealthma.org/location/saint-francis-healthcare.
 
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About Saint Francis Healthcare
Founded in 1924, Saint Francis Healthcare is guided by its Catholic-health core values of reverence, stewardship, integrity, justice and commitment to the underserved. Located in Wilmington, Del., and with 219 licensed beds, Saint Francis Healthcare offers numerous outpatient services, a primary care physician network and is a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson. Saint Francis Healthcare offers the shortest ER wait time in New Castle County, Del., and is designated by the state and American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level III Trauma Center. The hospital is the basic life support EMS provider for the cities of Wilmington and Dover, Del. Additionally, the hospital partners with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children for Level II neonatology care, and partners with Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals for maternal-fetal medicine. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a Regional Health System that includes Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus in Darby, Pa.; Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Philadelphia Campus in West Philadelphia; Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia; Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Del.; St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa. and home health and LIFE programs. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a member of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.
 
About Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic
Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a Regional Health System that includes Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus in Darby, Pa.; Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Philadelphia Campus in West Philadelphia; Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia; Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Del.; St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., and home health and LIFE programs throughout the region. These entities include hospitals, associated clinics, medical offices, specialized facilities, affiliated institutions and foundations serving together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within their communities. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a member of Trinity Health.
 

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