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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

Education during COVID-19

Published on: August 7, 2020

On Saturday, Aug. 1, Dr. Ricardo Davis, president of Concerned Organization for Quality Education of Black Students (COQEBS) and Delquanda Turner Smith, community engagement advocate for the Foundation for a…

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Feeding Tampa Bay families at their front doors

Published on: August 7, 2020

Coordinated effort is bringing hot meals and groceries to 500 children. Read More at Tampa Bay Times

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New CARES Programs Launch To Help Nonprofits, Child Care Facilities

Published on: August 6, 2020

Help is on the way for those in need of critical community services as Pinellas County launches two new programs supporting nonprofits and child care facilities impacted by COVID-19. Read…

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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

Women Talk Black a Force for Voter Turnout

Posted on October 22, 2020

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Should My Child go to School Today? Best Practices During COVID-19 

Posted on October 15, 2020

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Affinity Spaces: A Tool for Racial Justice and Healing

Posted on October 8, 2020

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Speakers Who Inspire: Daniel E. Dawes, J.D. on racial and health inequities

Posted on September 30, 2020

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Education during COVID-19

Posted on August 7, 2020

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Feeding Tampa Bay families at their front doors

Posted on August 7, 2020

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New CARES Programs Launch To Help Nonprofits, Child Care Facilities

Posted on August 6, 2020

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90 Days of COVID Response

Posted on July 27, 2020

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

Posted on July 24, 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 us 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!