In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on communities of color, HCZ swiftly conceived and implemented a comprehensive multi-pronged approach to emergency response and recovery, focusing on five crucial areas:
- Protecting the most vulnerable
- Bridging the digital divide
- Preventing learning loss
- Mitigating the mental health crisis
- Providing economic relief and recovery
“The evidence is clear and indisputable — African American communities are the most vulnerable,” said Geoffrey Canada, Founder and President of Harlem Children’s Zone. “African Americans are most readily susceptible to become infected, suffer more severe symptoms, and die at significantly higher numbers. We must do everything humanly possible to turn this data around.”
Partnering with Nonprofits in Areas of Need
The primary objective of the national COVID-19 relief and recovery effort is to inject vital resources into communities that have historically faced neglect and disinvestment. HCZ has partnered with six highly respected institutions that are located in areas with significant need, anchored in the communities they serve, and have the capacity to deliver on this effort:
Engaging National Partners
HCZ has also engaged a set of national partners — NAACP, StriveTogether, and PolicyLink — with footprints in the seven communities and national reach and who will amplify impact through membership networks, advocacy, and mass communications. Through their direct work on-the-ground, HCZ and its partners aim to reach over 100,000 community members.
This investment will also strengthen a powerful, Black-led partnership that can pool and leverage more resources in order to drive health equity, justice, and social and economic mobility in Black communities across America in the years ahead.