With the current healthcare and economic crisis, we believe it is critical to support those in great need at this frightening and disorienting time. Cain Brothers has launched campaigns to raise money for multiple organizations - including this campaign, which is supporting the CDC Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund.
The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the CDC's critical health protection work. The Foundation is a catalyst for collaboration between CDC and philanthropies, private entities and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.
The Foundation recently launched the "All of Us: Combat Coronavirus" crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising hundreds of millions of dollars needed to bolster public health response efforts to address the pandemic. The Foundation is working closely with the CDC to provide immediate support to address critical needs on the ground where government support is not available or available rapidly enough to meet the need.
Examples of recent response efforts include:
• Providing immediate flexible support to address a number of urgent needs in local health departments, such as Seattle-King County in Washington State, Cobb-Douglas County in Georgia, Alameda County in California and New York City.
• Facilitating in-kind health communications support to two San Francisco Bay-area health departments.
• Purchasing personal protective equipment for use by healthcare workers to meet certain in the-moment needs and opportunities.
• Supporting part-time laboratory staff members to develop sample management and testing workflows at CDC.
• Working with SC Johnson to develop an initial 20,000 care packages for first responders. The packages include cleaning and disinfectant products to help protect first responders and their families.
• Partnering with Microsoft to establish an assessment bot on CDC’s website that can quickly assess the symptoms and risk factors for people concerned about infection, provide information and suggest a next course of action.
• Facilitating the distribution of 1,500 thermometers to state and local health departments and nonprofits.
• Providing support through a contribution from Kaiser Permanente to 11 leading U.S. public health organizations that work with state and local health officers to strengthen the nation’s public health system.
• Launching a standards-based, open source tool that allows public health officials to monitor individuals at risk for COVID-19, enabling real-time insights and increased reporting capability for early containment of the virus. The tool allows individuals to report daily symptoms through web, text, email and phone calls.
All of us are affected. Together, all of us can combat the coronavirus with our dollars, impact and influence.