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Foundation's Response in the Wake of COVID-19

In light of the rapidly evolving health crisis posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg has paused programs and events at the Center for Health Equity. The Foundation will deploy resources in a manner that adds value to official government responses to the crisis, with a focus on race equity, in standing with the commitment to support the health of Pinellas County residents.

Foundation offices will be open virtually, with staff working remotely during regular business hours. We will monitor phone messages but encourage you to visit the staff roster on our website and email individual staff members directly to continue your work with them. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Additional resources are at the bottom of the page.

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Guiding Principles

The Foundation’s COVID-19 response follows our mission and the following guiding principles:

  • 1Investments will be through a lens of health equity
  • 2Responses will be evidence-informed and in support of efforts by governments and health experts
  • 3Activities and actions will be values-driven, including a high priority to listening to the community and nonprofits, being community-led and being transparent about our investments

The Foundation is a Pinellas County funding resource that will be here in perpetuity, with a role to play in our region’s health and recovery today, tomorrow and decades from now.

Latest Updates

Grow Smarter Pivots Foundation Funding to Address Small Business and St. Petersburg Residents

Published on: April 28, 2020

Grow Smarter St. Petersburg, an equitable economic development initiative based at the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and primarily funded by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, will be redirecting an estimated $151,741 of awarded funds towards COVID-19 relief efforts in the community.

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Nearly $1 million Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund Activated

Published on: April 6, 2020

A unique partnership has been launched to help the critical organizations that provide assistance to the most vulnerable of our local residents being affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund (TBRF) is a new strategic collaboration of the Pinellas Community Foundation, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and United Way Suncoast with nearly $1 million of funding assistance available to nonprofit 501(c) organizations and governmental agencies.

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Emerging Needs, and the Safer at Home Order

Published on: March 28, 2020

The potential scale of the COVID-19 pandemic is now clear. Pinellas County has instituted Resolution # 20-20, COVID-19 SAFER AT HOME Order. This development is designed to safeguard the community, but its impact on people of color will be disproportionately negative.

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Links and Resources

Pinellas Department of Health Testing Locations

DOH-Pinellas has no-cost COVID-19 testing services available for those at high-risk.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

High-risk individuals include symptomatic people that are:

  • Adults 65 and older
  • Immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease
  • Healthcare workers or First Responders (Fire, EMS, Police, etc)

Walk-in Services:

Clearwater Health Department
310 North Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755
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Mid-County Health Department
8751 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
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St. Pete Health Department
205 Dr. M.L. King Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Wear a mask and let the front desk staff know you are having symptoms.

Drive-Thru Services:

Mid-County Health Department
8751 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
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St. Pete Health Department
205 Dr. M.L. King Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Must call ahead for appointment for Drive Thru Services (727) 824-6932

Testing Hours: Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm

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Race Equity at the Forefront

Racial discrimination has a wide-ranging and enduring legacy in Pinellas County, Florida. Across the social determinants of health—like education, housing, access to medical care and healthy food, employment and wealth-building opportunities—institutions and systems are embedded with structural racism that disadvantages and harms African American people.

The result is profound racial disparities in health, lifespan, and quality of life. Research tells us that stress, disease and other repercussions of discrimination, poverty, and lack of fair access to resources and opportunity take their toll on individual health at an alarming rate.

If we want a community that is healthier, fairer, more prosperous and more humane, race equity must be a priority—now! The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg embraces a mission of race equity as the surest means of achieving health equity and improved population health overall.

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Latest News

The 2020 Census: ‘Equity Now’ focuses on its impact on Florida and Pinellas communities

Posted on July 24, 2020

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Q&A with Chief Equity Officer, Carl R. Lavender, Jr.

Posted on July 1, 2020

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MASK UP! ST. PETE Campaign targets COVID-19 in South St. Pete, beginning Friday, July 3

Posted on June 30, 2020

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New Positions Support Focus on Data-Informed, Mission-Driven Approaches to Race Equity

Posted on June 23, 2020

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EQUITY NOW: FHSP’s Randall Russell on Race Equity During a Season of Racial Violence and COVID-19

Posted on June 17, 2020

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‘Equity Amid Crisis’ day two: The way forward

Posted on June 6, 2020

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George Floyd protests: How you can support Tampa Bay’s black community from home

Posted on June 5, 2020

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UNITE Pinellas on tracking COVID-19 in the black community

Posted on June 4, 2020

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During COVID-19, St. Pete Timebank offers new ways to consider community economies

Posted on June 4, 2020

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Share Your Voice

Linda Cade

I would like to see ongoing conversations across races, religions, SES, genders, sexual orientations, etc. I would like to feel part of a community where it is understood that there is no is and them. It’s an arbitrary concept. We are all just individuals that want to figure out where we can feel loved and accepted.

Linda Cade

Writer, artist, mother, grandmother, friend, neighbor

Jason Bryant

I’d like to see more collaboration on things that matter, like equipping the next generation with more meaningful skill sets and life skills.

Jason Bryant

President and CEO, New Era Thinking

Jocelyn Howard

I’d like to see St. Pete flourish in a way that brings voice, opportunity, and good health to everyone who lives here.

Jocelyn Howard

Manager, Grow Smarter Initiative

Courtney Smith

I’d like to live in a community with wider acceptance and investment in workplace health and its impact on our community.

Courtney Smith

Programs & Events Manager, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Marketa Teal

I would like to see our community move from talking about suffering and struggling, to talking about living and prosperity. Let’s change the dialogue!

Marketa Teal

Student, USF St. Petersburg

Da’Juh Sawyer and Dontreal Fletcher

“We’d like to see our young African American adolescents view each other as brother and sister instead of competitors and rivals.”

Da’Juh Sawyer and Dontreal Fletcher

Founders, The Make it Out Foundation Inc

Michael Funsch

“I wish every child lived in a stable home environment that fostered the learning of educational and life skills, which gave them the opportunity for a career to provide the same benefits for their children.”

Michael Funsch

Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager

Ariel Canchani

“I’d like to be a part of a community that thrives on open-mindedness, deliberately stepping outside of our personal perspectives.”

Ariel Canchani

Marketing & Communications Coordinator, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Charles Imbergamo

“I’d love to see a community where we no longer criminalize poverty; where we lift up every human person!”

Charlie Imbergamo, CFRE

Director of Strategic Programs, Nonprofit Leadership Center

Chris Matt

“I would like to see programs and resources that provide all people with access to well-paying jobs.”

Chris Matt

Owner, The Fadin’ Cave

People all over Pinellas County are sharing their wish list for social change. Share yours!