We continue to face unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic deeply impacting our economy.
Whether it’s making sure our neighbors have basic needs met or connecting residents to important services, we are ensuring this support system is ready and able to keep our community strong.
We have worked diligently with Grand County Public Health, Department of Human Services, and all our Grand County partners and volunteers to create a plan that ensures our neighbors – especially our vulnerable populations – have access to what they need during this pandemic and economic crisis.
Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, our primary goals have been:
- Prevent the spread and support recovery of illness for staff and vulnerable populations.
- Continue essential function operations to support vulnerable populations.
In 2020 we saw almost twice the normal need for our ACHES and PAINS health care vouchers, issuing 405 vouchers in 2020 compared to 271 vouchers in 2019. Additionally, mental health voucher requests increased 169% over 2019, and that trend remains in 2021. We have worked with community partners to stand up a human services system that is responsive and supportive for COVID-specific needs. We have worked with state partners to change application assistance programs so we can assist people virtually. *infographic represents our COVID-19 related efforts January-July 2020
In 2021 we’ve collaborated with partners to provide outreach, education, scheduling and transportation assistance to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. Since February, the Network’s team has outreached to over 900 vaccine-eligible individuals via more than 1000 interactions. In March we contracted a Spanish-speaking consultant who has outreached to over 120 Spanish-speaking community members, providing education, scheduling assistance, and on-site language interpretation at vaccine clinics. We also coordinated a minimum of 840 volunteer hours in support of Dept. of Public Health vaccine clinics.
Now more than ever, we are hopeful that we will come out stronger together. We will value the backbone of our community: grocery store and gas station workers; truck drivers; teachers; nonprofit organizations; etc. We understand the importance of public health, first responders, and health care workers. We will come together to create a healthier society.
We will beat this. Because we are healthier, and stronger, together! We are Grand!
Grand County residents continue to need community resources – some for the first time in their lives.