COVID-19 Resources

These unprecedented times are spotlighting community coalitions’ longstanding commitment to giving everyone in New Jersey a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. We will update this page with information and resources that might be helpful to those working to build healthier and more equitable communities amid the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. We encourage you to share these resources with your partners, nonprofit colleagues, and anyone else you think will find the information useful. Please send resources to share to info@njhi.org.

A Message from the NJHI Leadership Team

A Message from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Current Grantees


Events

COVID-19 Weekly Updates: Saving Lives, Protecting Workers
The New Jersey Work Environment Council, Rutgers Learn and Jersey Renews presents this series of weekly conversations with public health experts, government officials, medical personnel, front-line workers and worker representatives about the latest developments in COVID-19 response efforts. The updates are held every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. ET. Recordings of past updates are also available at the above link.

Recurring National CallCoronavirus and Homelessness/Housing
The Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition is leading recurring national calls on Coronavirus and Homelessness/Housing every Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Housing and homelessness advocates nationwide will learn how federal, state, and local governments are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on people experiencing homelessness and low-income households.


Funding Opportunities

New Jersey Council for the Humanities COVID-19 Response Grants
The New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) has made another round of funding available as operational and programmatic support for nonprofit organizations that provide humanities programming to public audiences to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic. NJCH offers two different awards of up to $20,000 through this grant program. To make funding as accessible as possible, COVID-19 Response Grants will have multiple deadlines throughout the summer and into the early fall. Applicants may submit their grant application at any point throughout the process; applications will be reviewed at the next deadline after which they have been submitted. The last day to begin an application by completing a Letter of Intent is Friday, October 8, 2021. The application deadline is Wednesday, October 15, 2021.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Provides $50 Million to Support Those Facing Greatest Strain Under the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will provide $50 million in immediate short-term relief to several national and community organizations to help some of the families and communities feeling the greatest strain under the COVID-19 health emergency. This includes $5 million for relief efforts in RWJF’s home state of New Jersey, which has been hit particularly hard by the virus. Funding made available through New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) supports the response in small New Jersey communities and portions of the state with less access to charitable funds. This funding has been awarded. Learn more about the selected grantees and their work here.

Building Healthier, More Equitable Communities in New Jersey
The Building Healthier, More Equitable Communities (BHEC) initiative aims to address the barriers to better health by improving the built environment and community investment system. An initiative of Reinvestment Fund, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, BHEC will work with four cities by allocating financial and other supports to further their plans for an equitable recovery from the current health and economic crisis and advance community development aimed to improve the well-being of New Jerseyans. This funding has been awarded. Learn more about the selected grantees and their work here.

Garden State Relief Fund
The New Jersey Community Capital Garden State Relief Fund provides financial support for those that often lack access to conventional capital and have been disproportionally affected by this evolving public health crisis.

Available Loans and Key Provisions for Nonprofits in the American Rescue Plan Act
The American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law in March, enacting one of the largest economic relief programs in U.S. history. The National Council of Nonprofits’ analysis and comparison chart provides information about key provisions in the Act that are designed to help nonprofit organizations and the people they serve recover.

New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund
The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund provides grants to the cultural community to offset expenses incurred due to pandemic cancelations, reopening adaptations, and support for artists and sector professionals. The second phase of this funding has been awarded. Learn more about the selected grantees here.

New Jersey State Emergency COVID-19 Relief Programs
A package of initiatives from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs are currently open. Applications for the various programs are available now; see each program page for details. Businesses are encouraged to see what they may qualify for using the NJ COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Wizard.

South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund
Hosted by the Community Foundation of South Jersey, the South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund supports local 501(c)3 non-profit agencies as they adapt internally and programmatically to assist neighbors and continue to deliver on their missions during this turbulent time. Eligible organizations’ areas of operation are Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties. A fifth round of grants has been awarded. Funding will be released on a rolling basis. View the Fund prospectus for details.

The Princeton Area Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund 
The Princeton Area Community Foundation (PACF) COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund supports nonprofits working with the most vulnerable residents in Mercer County and the surrounding region. The application deadline for Phase II has passed. Prior to launching a third phase of COVID-19 Relief and Recovery funding, PACF plans to engage community members and organizations to better understand existing needs in the region. PACF offers a list of resources for the non-profit and philanthropic communities on its web site.

The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF)
Hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey, NJPRF will provide grants to existing organizations with a demonstrated track record of caring for vulnerable communities. NJPRF is not accepting grant applications at this time.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan
This loan advance provides economic relief to small businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Relief Options and Resources, including the Paycheck Protection Program
The SBA offers several relief options to help businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Community-Level Resources

Elizabeth
To support the health and well-being of Elizabeth residents, the Shaping Elizabeth coalition has developed a comprehensive resource directory that includes information regarding available services, virtual programming and more.

Hammonton
The community of Hammonton has established a Coronavirus Task Force, which is providing guidance and assistance to Hammonton residents, businesses and volunteers on the Destination Hammonton web site.

Hunterdon County (Download)
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Hunterdon County residents and organizations in its newsletter and web site.

Mercer County (Download)
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Mercer County residents and organizations in its newsletter and web site.

Mercer County
The Princeton Public Library, in partnership with HomeFront, Mercer Street Friends, the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, the New Jersey Community Schools Coalition presented “Homelessness and Hunger in the Time of COVID-19,” a virtual panel discussion about the impact of the pandemic on very low-income individuals and people experiencing homelessness in Mercer County, and the looming eviction crisis. 

Middlesex County
The East Brunswick Public Library is updating its health portal with information and available community, state and national resources specific to COVID-19.

Middlesex County (Download)
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Middlesex County residents and organizations in its newsletter and web site.

Monmouth County (Download)
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Monmouth County residents and organizations in its newsletter and web site.

New Jersey Heartland
The New Jersey Heartland web site offers information and resources specific to the businesses and residents of Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.

Ocean County (Download)
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Ocean County residents and organizations in its newsletter and web site.

Plainfield
In addition to presenting weekly updates on Facebook Live and YouTube, the City of Plainfield is providing information regarding available resources on its Novel Coronavirus web page.

Somerset County (Download)
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Somerset County residents and organizations in its newsletter and web site.

Trenton
Community partners from across Trenton are sharing information regarding COVID-19 testing sites, food pantry and pharmacy locations, and more on the Trenton Health Team web site.

State-Level Resources

Archive of Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor
This compilation of Executive Orders includes all of the orders Governor Murphy has signed throughout the pandemic.

Announcement on the Ending of the Public Health Emergency
Read the June 4, 2021 press release regarding the legislation and Executive Order that Governor Murphy signed to enable the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The news release includes links to both the legislation and the Executive Order.

N.J. COVID Vaccine Locations
The NJ Department of Health is continuously updating its statewide list of locations providing vaccinations. The locations are currently available to individuals in eligible groups. To pre-register for vaccination, click here.

COVID Vaccine Booster & Third Dose Information Sheets
The NJ Department of Health has developed fact sheets and other materials that are available for download in English and Spanish to provide information about third doses and boosters.

The COVID-19 Information Hub for New Jersey
The State of New Jersey‘s COVID-19 Hub web site offers real-time updates, critical resources, expert knowledge and vital information for the state. Users can ask questions, search a data dashboard of COVID-19 cases by county, vaccination locations and more. The NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder tool (beta) provides information about available vaccine appointments for eligible groups at locations throughout New Jersey.

Crossroads4Hope | A Network of Cancer Support Virtual Programming and Resources
Crossroads4Hope | A Network of Cancer Support (formerly known as Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey) is providing virtual programming, in addition to resources and information to support individuals and families. Complete details are available on its web site.

Center for Non-Profits’ COVID-19 Resource Page
The New Jersey Center for Non-Profits’ compilation includes information about loans and government relief, workplace operational resources and more.

Coping with COVID – Mental Health Resources and Support
The COVID-19 Community and Patient Health Education Toolkit from Hackensack Meridian Health includes information and resources to support communities and individuals in coping with the pandemic. Select resources are available in multiple languages.

COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation shares relevant and helpful articles, tools, and virtual training events from trusted partners in the field to support the capacity-building needs of nonprofit organizations at this critical time.

Creative New Jersey COVID-19 Response Statewide Conversations
Creative New Jersey convened weekly statewide conversations in April, May and June to advance the dialogue around the critical issues facing communities, as well as share timely and accurate information. Click the above link to browse summaries, recordings of the conversations and additional resources.

COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus New Jersey Business Information Hub 
The New Jersey Business Action Center, a business-first advocacy team within the NJ Department of State, answers frequently asked questions, economic assistance and operational guidance for businesses.

Going Forward: A Reopening Guide for NJ Non-Profits
This guide from the Center for Non-Profits highlights best practices and considerations for non-profit organizations that have reopened or those that are working to reopen. The guide includes readiness essentials, protocols for public openings and closures and human resources considerations.

Let’s Get Vaccinated: COVID-19 Awareness Campaign – Digital Resource Toolkit
This updated toolkit from the NJ Department of Health includes downloadable flyers and social media graphics in multiple languages in addition to videos targeted to youth and teens. The NJ DOH is also developing TikTok videos targeted to teens. View one TikTok video here.

Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc. Virtual Support and Learning Opportunities
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) has put several phone and virtual services in place to provide continual support and unique learning opportunities during these challenging times. The MHANJ Virtual Support and Learning Opportunities web page features information about services and trainings to support individuals, families, peers and professionals. The web page also includes information about MHANJ’s county virtual support groups, educational sessions and programs, which are open to everyone.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Contact Tracing Dashboard
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDHS) has developed a Contact Tracing Dashboard to provide information such as the percentage of cases successfully interviewed, those who provided contacts, contacts notified, and more. NJDHS will update the Dashboard every Friday.

New Jersey Community Asset Map by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
This interactive mapping tool allows users to view assets, amenities, and special designations in New Jersey’s 565 municipalities including economic, housing and demographic data to help users gain a better understanding of the characteristics and amenities within New Jersey communities.

Progress 2020: Policy for the People Virtual Speaker Series
This virtual speaker series from New Jersey Policy Perspective explores long-term solutions that spread prosperity to every resident in every corner of the state. Click the link above to view recordings from the series.

State of New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Eligibility Wizard
This beta Eligibility Wizard focuses on newly announced State Emergency Assistance programs and the U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan program to make it easy for organizations to understand what support programs are available to them.

State of New Jersey Department of Human Services COVID-19 Guidance
The New Jersey Department of Human Services offers COVID-19 information and resources for individuals, families and providers.

Recording – Vaccine Safety Tele-Town Hall with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman 
In February, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) presented a tele-townhall featuring state and local officials who answered questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. The event included a discussion of misconceptions regarding the vaccines.

Speakers:

  • Kemi Alli, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Henry J. Austin Health Center,
  • Judith M. Persichilli, RN, BSN, MA, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Amanda Medina Forrester, MA, MPH, Executive Director, Office of Minority and Multicultural Health NJ Department of Health

Recording – American Rescue Plan Act and New Jersey Non-Profits
The COVID-19 crisis continues to have a profound impact on New Jersey non-profits, and the information about government relief programs is rapidly changing. The office of U.S. Senator Cory Booker, in partnership with the Center for Non-Profits,  presented this web briefing in March to provide highlights of the recently-signed American Rescue Plan Act and the latest information regarding the major grant and loan programs available through the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Speakers:

  • The Honorable Cory Booker, United States Senator for New Jersey
  • Alfred J. Titone, New Jersey District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Christina Fuentes, Managing Director of Community Development, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
  • Linda M. Czipo, President & CEO, Center for Non-Profits

Recording – Saving Lives w/ the COVID-19 Vaccine in NJ Black & Caribbean Communities: A New Jersey Department of Health Virtual Town Hall
As part of a virtual Town Hall series on the COVID-19 vaccine, the New Jersey Department of Health hosted a public conversation led by medical professionals from New Jersey’s Black and Caribbean communities who addressed facts, fears, and myths. Kemi Alli, MD, CEO of Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton,  moderated the discussion, which was presented in English with ASL interpretation. View and download free COVID-19 Vaccine information materials in Spanish and other languages from the NJ Department of Health.

Recording – Saving Lives w/ COVID-19 Vaccine in NJ Latinx Communities: A New Jersey Department of Health Virtual Town Hall
As part of a virtual Town Hall series on the COVID-19 vaccine, the New Jersey Department of Health hosted a public conversation led by medical professionals from New Jersey’s Latinx community who addressed facts, fears, and myths. Amanda Medina-Forrester, Executive Director of the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health moderated the discussion, which was presented in English. View and download free COVID-19 Vaccine information materials in Spanish and other languages from the NJ Department of Health.

Recording – Salvando Vidas en Las Comunidades Latinas de NJ con la Vacuna Contra COVID-19
Como parte de una serie de reuniones públicas virtuales sobre la vacuna contra COVID-19, el Departamento de Salud de New Jersey (New Jersey Department of Health; NJ DOH) está ofreciendo una serie de conversaciones públicas gratuitas lideradas por profesionales médicos de la comunidad latina de NJ, quienes hablarán sobre los hechos, temores y mitos. Sarah B. Bonilla, MPH, Directora del Centro de Excelencia para la Salud de Latinos (Center of Excellence for Latino Health) del Centro Médico Clara Maass RWJBH (RWJBH Clara Maass Medical Center) moderará la plática. Materiales de información gratuitos sobre la vacuna COVID-19 en Español para impresión y distribución disponibles aquí.

The Road Forward: Health and Safety Guidance for the 2021-2022 School Year
This guide from NJ Department of Education and the Department of Health includes a range of strategies that local education agencies should consider implementing to reduce risks to students and staff from COVID-19 while still allowing for full-time in-person learning.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Resources

Financial Information and Resources for Nonprofits
Pro Bono Partnership, an organization that provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut has compiled specific financial information and resources on its web site.

National Resources

Confronting Health Misinformation: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Building a Healthy Information Environment
Although health misinformation is not a recent phenomenon, in recent years it has spread at unprecedented speed and scale, especially online. In a new Surgeon General’s Advisory, the Surgeon General is warning the public about the urgent threat of health misinformation and calling for a whole-of-society approach to address health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Recording – How Every Nonprofit Can Help the Communities We Serve Get Vaccinated
Presented by the National Council of Nonprofits, this webinar explored resources that nonprofits can use to inform the people they serve and connect them with vaccines. In addition, participants heard three nonprofits’ approaches for helping their communities overcome obstacles of trust in or access to information and vaccines.

Recording – What Nonprofits Need to Know as Staff and Volunteers Return from Remote Work to In-Person Operations
What will the return to in-person operations look like for nonprofit organizations? As employers, can nonprofits require vaccines? How can nonprofits talk to employees about the importance of vaccines? What will volunteer opportunities look like? In this April 9 National Council of Nonprofits webinar, experts in law, volunteerism, and messaging provided answers to those questions and many more.

All In: Data for Community Health Interoperability Proving Ground
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) is an open community platform to share, learn, and be inspired by interoperability projects taking place across the nation. Organizations and individuals working on a COVID-19 interoperability project will have the ability to share their work through the IPG and tag it “COVID-19.” If communities share their efforts, the health IT community can come together in the most nimble way possible to provide tools that can help fight this pandemic.

Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19 Report This report provides legal analysis of U.S. policy responses to the pandemic and includes recommended actions in 35 topic areas. The report was produced by Public Health Law Watch in cooperation with the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University Beasley School of Law, the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University, Wayne State University Law School, the Hall Center for Law and Health, the Network for Public Health Law and ChangeLab Solutions.

BUILD Health Challenge COVID-19 Specific Resources/Templates/Tools for Organizations
The BUILD Health Challenge offers a brief list of COVID-19 related community resources on its blog.

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Your Community
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed an interactive map of  COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy estimates by county, plus additional facts to help communities understand their outreach areas. Users can zoom in on an area and click on a county to view demographic data, the percentage of adults who are fully vaccinated, and information such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Social Vulnerability Index and the COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Index. The data is updated regularly and also available in table format. The map is part of a larger suite of free resources that are available to communities through the We Can Do This COVID-19 public education campaign.

Contact Tracing Workforce Estimator
A workforce tool created by researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health estimates that the nation will need a total of 184,000 COVID-19 contact tracers in order to help society safely reopen and limit the size of future waves of the virus. The tool will help state and local health departments determine the number of staff needed to effectively identify and trace people who have been in contact with new cases of COVID-19 and slow the spread of the virus. The tool was developed in collaboration with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Learn more about the tool on the NACCHO website.

COVID-19 Response and Homelessness: An Action and Resource Guide
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides guidance for service providers and includes resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs.

COVID-19: Policies to Protect People and Communities 
How can the nation respond in the short term to keep all people safe and the economy afloat? What policies could help all of us recover in a way that is inclusive and equitable? The Urban Institute answers tough questions with unbiased, rigorous research and evidence-based solutions in the focus areas of Child Care and Education, Housing Policy, Small Business and Community Development, Workers, Work Supports and Basic Needs, and more.

Independent Sector Information on COVID-19
Independent Sector is the only national membership organization that brings together the charitable community—a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations—to advance the common good.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Hub
Through its COVID-19 Hub, the CDC provides national updates and resources for individuals, families, organizations and communities.

County Health Roadmaps & Rankings: COVID-19 Response and Recovery Work 
As communities across the nation transition from response to recovery, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps has developed a compilation of resources on its web site. Individuals and organizations can browse the compilation to access evidence-based What Works for Health COVID-19 strategies, action learning guides on data and equity, the US COVID Atlas county-level data tool and a special webinar series that shines a light on challenges facing specific communities and populations affected by COVID-19 and how people are responding with equitable approaches.

COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index
The Surgo Foundation has developed the COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index to inform the allocation of resources to meet the greatest needs. The index is part of a suite of resources designed to bring greater precision to response efforts.

COVID Local Risk Index on the City Health Dashboard
City Health Dashboard has introduced a risk index for the 500 largest cities to help community leaders better understand the potential impact of COVID-19 at the local level. For smaller communities, City Health Dashboard provides other resources all cities can use.

COVID-19 Quick Maps by PolicyMap
This publicly available (beta) application focuses on answering crucial questions faced by communities dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 virus. This application features more than 10 datasets, including the severe COVID-19 Health Risk Index created by PolicyMap for the New York Times, COVID-19 testing rates as reported by the COVID Tracking Project, and homeless population counts from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Health Equity Principles for State and Local Leaders in Responding to, Reopening and Recovering from COVID-19
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has identified a set of health equity principles that state and local leaders should consider in designing and implementing their responses to the pandemic. The principles are intended to be a compass that continually guides leaders to an equitable and lasting recovery.

How Right Now: Finding What Helps Web site
How Right Now, an initiative that aims to address people’s feelings of grief, loss and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic, offers information and support to help people cope and be resilient during this time. The initiative is made possible with funding through the CDC Foundation and the partnership of national, regional and local organizations that are working together to help improve individual and community resilience.

Made to Save
Made to Save is a national education and grassroots campaign working to save lives by increasing access and trust in the COVID-19 vaccines. The focus of the Made to Save coalition is to support organizations in communities of color, where systemic racism has created health inequities & distrust, to get everyone back to what we all miss most. The Made to Save resource library comprises multilingual fact sheets, conversation starters and additional resources specifically for faith communities, healthcare professionals and community-based organizations.

RWJF State Network: COVID-19 Resources
State Network is a resource hub for advancing health at the state level, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This resource hub consolidates timely, high-quality resources state policymakers can use to inform their response to the pandemic.

The Kresge Foundation COVID-19 Resources Page
National COVID-19 resources are organized in the areas of Education, Environment, Health, Human Services and Social Investment Practice on the Kresge Foundation web site.

The National League of Cities COVID-19: Local Action Tracker
The National League of Cities (NLC) and Bloomberg Philanthropies are partnering to collect and share actions taken by local leaders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to ensure mayors, city leaders, and other local decision-makers have the information they need to lead their communities through this crisis.

The National Council of Nonprofits’ Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19 Page
The National Council of Nonprofits, of which the NJ Center for Nonprofits is a member, regularly updates its web site with the latest information and resources that nonprofits can use to prepare and respond.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition COVID-19 Page and Disaster Recovery Housing Coalition
The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s compilation of housing and homelessness resources specific to COVID-19 includes information on evictions and foreclosure moratoriums, regulatory actions and recommendations. The Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition will lead recurring national calls on Coronavirus and Homelessness/Housing every Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

“What We Learned From the First Wave”
All In: Data for Community Health has collected stories of challenges and achievements in cross-sector data sharing initiatives in a new publication that documents the last 29 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and provides a tactical manual with tips and tools for public health data-sharing during the pandemic.

Webinar Recording – Resident Engagement to Achieve Racial Equity
To achieve racial equity in access, opportunities, and power, communities across the country are having intentional and honest dialogue around needed change in policies, practices, and procedures. Almost a year ago, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) introduced the Delta Region Action Learning Cohort. In a December 15 webinar conversation, CHR&R brought that work full circle by highlighting two communities from the Delta Region – New Orleans, LA and Jackson, MS – that participated in a learning journey to create conditions for racial equity by engaging residents in their communities. Participants learned approaches for engaging residents amid the pandemic, for building authentic resident engagement in a virtual world, and more.

Webinar Recording – Youth Count: Engaging Youth in COVID-19 Crisis Recovery 
This webinar presented by Community Science brought together youth leaders to discuss the work they have been doing to respond to the disaster and strengthen their communities, and identify the types of supports needed in the road to recovery. Register to view a recording of the June 11 conversation.

Webinar Recordings Trust for America’s Health Webinar Series: COVID-19- Special Issues and Responses
The Trust for America’s Health COVID-19 Special Issues and Responses webinar series explores topics such as: Advancing Health Equity During and Beyond COVID-19: Addressing Housing and Homelessness; Protecting Older Adults from the Harms of Social Isolation and Providing a Continuum of Care During COVID-19, and more.

Webinar Recording – Housing Justice amid COVID-19: A Roundtable Discussion
Nonprofit Quarterly, in partnership with Shelterforce presented this July 1 webinar exploring the impact of structural racism on housing opportunity and housing markets, what it means to “cancel rent,” how to use CARES dollars to protect tenants in your community, and more.

In addition, the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey joined housing advocates from across the country for a Shelterforce roundtable on racial equity, housing and COVID. Read the interview here.

Webinar Recording – “Health Equity, Racism and This Moment in Time,” a Hastings Conversation
Our nation is facing three simultaneous crises—in public health, in the economy, and in the American relationship to race. On August 13, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Richard Besser, MD, joined Herminia Palacio, President of The Guttmacher Institute, and Mildred Z. Solomon, President of The Hastings Center, to discuss whether we can seize the moment and advance health and well-being for all of us, and the best ways to proceed. This webinar is the first in a new series of Hastings Conversations called  “Securing Health in a Troubled Time: Equity, Ethics, and the Common Good.” The series will examine the social causes of health inequities and identify policies and practices to achieve healthier lives for all.

Philanthropic Response

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers (CNJG) has gathered a number of articles, resources, and events that philanthropy should know about. CNJG is also helping track philanthropy’s response to the coronavirus pandemic by continuing its “Get on the Map” Campaign partnership with Candid, who has launched a coronavirus map in response to funders’ requests. See a compilation of Council members’ actions here.

Candid.org: Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19
This hub of requests for proposals, a funding summary and news items is available to nonprofits seeking support because of the crisis, funders who wish to learn what their peers are doing, the media, and all who wish to know more about philanthropy’s response to the pandemic. Candid is a nonprofit organization founded from the 2019 merger of the Foundation Center and GuideStar.

Communications Resources

American Sign Language (ASL) Video Series from the CDC
In partnership with the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation at Georgia Tech, the CDC has produced a series of videos about topics specific to COVID-19 and vaccinations in ASL.

Changing the COVID Conversation.org
This web site features the findings of the Language of Vaccine Acceptance national poll that identifies the language that will be most effective in reaching all Americans, especially those who are currently less likely to take a vaccine. The poll was conducted by the de Beaumont Foundation and pollster Frank Luntz in partnership with the American Public Health Association, the National Collaborative for Health Equity, and Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies. This resource includes a one-pager by the deBeaumont Foundation that highlights the most effective language. The site is part of the Public Health Communications Collaborative’s suite of resources.

Communications Resources for Public Health Professionals
The Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) was formed in 2020 to coordinate and amplify public health messaging on COVID-19 and increase Americans’ confidence in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health officials. The Collaborative has developed a suite of resources to address misinformation and conflicting messages about COVID-19.

Coronavirus Print and Social Media Graphics
Canva offers a collection of easy-to-use design templates for creating print and social media campaigns specific to the COVID-19 crisis.

Coronavirus Visual Communication Resources by The Noun Project
The Noun Project, a platform for visual communication, has organized a set of icons and guidance to help organizations communicate important hygiene, health and wellness information on signage and posters, newsletters, teaching materials and more during the Coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Vaccination Infographics and Resources from the NJ Department of Health
Infographics, factsheets, flyers and more about the COVID-19 vaccines and the COVID-19 Vaccine Plan are available in multiple languages for download and printing through the NJ Department of Health Communicable Disease Service web page.

COVID-19 Community and Patient Health Education Toolkit
Hackensack Meridian Health has compiled this toolkit to provide information that can help communities and individuals stay healthy. Select resources are available in multiple languages.

COVID Factsheets from the from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
This set of factsheets includes general information about the Coronavirus and addresses myths and facts about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Framing COVID-19: Guidance from the FrameWorks Institute
The FrameWorks Institute, a nonprofit think tank that advances the mission-driven sector’s capacity to frame the public discourse about social and scientific issues, provides guidance from its 20 years of framing research and practice to help advocates and experts explain health, enhance community and offer hope.

Public Health Reaching Across Sectors (PHRASES) Strategic Messaging Toolkit
PHRASES, a partnership of de Beaumont Foundation and The Aspen Institute, is designed to improve the ability of public health professionals to communicate the impact and value of the public health field to other sectors in language that resonates and fosters alliances. PHRASES has developed toolkits for public health professionals to motivate the public and other sectors to support public health. These messaging tools include sample messaging, “winning words,” practical tools, and other strategies.

Print Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
The CDC offers factsheets, posters and other print materials specific to COVID-19 in English, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic and additional languages. These print resources are part of a larger set of communications resources available on the CDC web site.

Recording – COVID-19 and Return to In-Person Learning: Communicating with Constituents
In this July 21, 2021 webinar presented by the Public Health Communications Collaborative, participants learned effective messaging to communicate with families, teachers, and school officials in preparation for a safe and comfortable return to the classroom. Representing different local scenarios and constituencies, three panelists shared their insights and answered questions.

The Vaccine Misinformation Management Field Guide
This guide was developed by UNICEF, First Draft, the Yale Institute for Global Health, and PGP (The Public Good Projects) to help organizations rapidly counter vaccine misinformation and build demand for vaccination. The guide explains why people are susceptible to misinformation, why people create it, and ways to manage it. This resource is part of the Public Health Communications Collaborative’s toolkit.

THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us
Black doctors, nurses and researchers dispel misinformation and provide accessible facts about the COVID-19 vaccines in this campaign from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Greater Than COVID and the Black Coalition Against COVID. A library of 50 FAQ videos cover an array of vaccine-related topics, and are designed to be shared on social and embedded directly on web sites. The Kaiser Family Foundation is finalizing an expansion of these materials with a focus on Latinx populations, to be released in mid-May.

Webinar Recording – Using Social Media to Tell Your Story
This presentation by the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network provides approaches organizations can use to enhance their messaging within and beyond the communities they serve.

We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched “We Can Do This,” a COVID-19 public education campaign to increase vaccine confidence while reinforcing basic prevention measures. The free resources that are available through the campaign include an interactive map of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy data in the United States by county, factsheets, infographics, a guide for faith-based and community organizations, and information about the U.S. COVID-19 Community Corps.