Ending the COVID-19 pandemic demands equitable vaccine administration. We developed our Playbook for Community-based Vaccinations to support organizations in this mission.

Addressing the needs of underserved communities

Stop the Spread facilitates hyperlocal pandemic response projects for the hardest hit neighborhoods and communities. We bridge the gap between large-scale COVID-19 responses and local community needs. With a network of over 350 innovative partners that have been vetted and curated we facilitate bringing a tailored COVID-19 solution toolkit that can accelerate and augment response efforts already underway.

Addressing

the needs of underserved communities

Stop the Spread facilitates hyperlocal pandemic response projects for the hardest hit neighborhoods and communities. We bridge the gap between large-scaled COVID responses and local community needs. With a network of over 350 innovative partners that have been vetted and curated we facilitate bringing a tailored COVID solution toolkit that can accelerate and augment response efforts already underway.

A hyperlocal response to COVID-19: a critical need

COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on underserved communities, with these communities experiencing inequitable health and economic outcomes. Increased presence of chronic health conditions, higher percentage of essential workers, housing instability, food insecurity, lack of paid medical leave and fear of being a 'public charge' are examples of why providing access to COVID-19 response resources alone will not be enough to stop the spread.

Stop the Spread recognizes that a one-size fits all response does not address underlying drivers of structural inequity and systemic racism. To address these disparities, Stop the Spread will support individual communities and neighborhoods that have experienced critical gaps in their COVID-19 response by working through community partners to identify unmet needs and deploy resources.

Our Approach

A sufficient response to COVID-19 is one that works to suppress the spread of the virus, facilitate connections to mental and physical health care and ensure that individuals and families are able to meet basic needs. For many underserved communities the overall response has been insufficient. Stop the Spread works with local community leaders to address gaps in response. We facilitate partnerships that can bring direct COVID-19 resources, digital health tools and support for basic needs through a hyperlocal approach.

Examples of what we can bring to communities

We build a custom toolkit of solutions by partnering with community leaders to understand neighborhood needs and leveraging a robust network of over 350 vetted partners. Toolkits include novel COVID-19 response solutions that include education, PPE, screening, testing and therapeutics to increase access or bolster local efforts underway. To address the mental and physical health impact of COVID-19, Stop the Spread can bring in digital health partners that provide communication platforms, remote monitoring and virtual care services. Lastly, recognizing that the ability to address basic needs is essential to any emergency response, our toolkit includes direct services and referral platforms that can address financial security, housing, child care, transportation, food access, legal aid and other social service supports.

Columbia University: Scaling Precise Viral Load Testing

Precise viral load testing allows for measurement of the levels of the virus and the stage of the illness. These measurements are critical for clinical tests of COVID-19 treatments like plasma therapy. Columbia University is currently producing 200 tests per day for Johns Hopkins University to conduct clinical tests, but require additional funding to scale. Stop the Spread is working to facilitate philanthropic funding to support the rapid scaling of these tests.

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Resources for Hyperlocal Support

STS Resources

How Hyperlocal Strategies Can Address the COVID Needs of Underserved Communities

A video conversation at SOCAP Virtual (October 2020)

How to Pay for COVID Testing

Insight into the high cost of testing and potential public & private sector solutions

Racial Injustice in COVID Health Outcomes

Overview of the unequal health and economic outcomes experienced by different racial groups during the pandemic

Addressing COVID in Underserved Communities: A Hyperlocal Response

How can a hyperlocal approach to COVID strengthen communities

Deploying a Hyperlocal Response to COVID-19

Toolkit of hyperlocal solutions

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