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