Endowment for Health Announces $200,000 COVID-19 Relief Funds to Four NH United Way Agencies

Yvonne Goldsberry, Ph.D., Endowment for Health President
Today, our Board of Directors approved emergency grants to support New Hampshire communities through the COVID-19 crisis. A total of $200,000 will be distributed to four New Hampshire United Way agencies: Granite United Way, United Way of Greater Nashua, United Way of the Greater Seacoast, and Monadnock United Way.

We are confident that the United Way infrastructure has the best understanding of current and emerging needs in the face of this growing public health emergency. They see first-hand how health-care professionals are scrambling for supplies, protective equipment and treatment capacity. They understand the implications as kids are out of the classroom indefinitely, some suddenly without the school meals they counted on.They hear directly from families torn between work demands, childcare gaps, and the increased risk to older adults. They see hard-working people facing sudden unemployment. The domino effect is harsh and palpable.

This moment in time is serious and unprecedented. Our state's public health professionals are stepping up to lead despite scarce resources. Our health care providers on the front lines are dedicated and courageous. The countless number of grocery store, power plant and delivery workers are keeping shelves filled, electricity flowing and products moving. Fellow Granite Staters are banding together and acting swiftly to help.

But we shouldn't lose sight of the longer term. We can and will get through this, together. Physical distance, self-isolation, remote work and online learning may challenge us now, but offer new ways of working together to promote the health of our people. The Endowment for Health has been here for the past 20 years, we are here to support our communities in these troubling times, and we will be here for the long haul.

Endowment for Health Announces  
Forward Fund Focused on Needs of Health Care Workforce
The Endowment for Health was the receiver last May of more than $1.9 million from the NH Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (JUA). The transferred funds will be held as part of the Endowment's permanent corpus, with the income used to promote aid to health care  
providers serving medically underserved populations.
After several months of meeting with stakeholder groups to determine the best use of this resource, the Endowment is pleased to introduce the Forward Fund. "We wanted to be very thoughtful and collaborative before making use of the funds," said Endowment for Heath President Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry. "We've been working closely with an advisory group of stakeholders including representatives from the Legislative Commission on Primary Care Workforce, Bi-State Primary Care Association, New Hampshire Hospital Association, New Hampshire Area Health Education Centers, University of New Hampshire, and Integrated Delivery Networks."
Goldsberry emphasized that, within the specific parameters outlined for the fund's use, the focus of the grantmaking can be flexible over time. "The advisory group's input helped us set a focus for the Forward Fund in its first three to five years," said Goldsberry.
To that end, the Endowment for Health Board of Directors approved $87,500 to address workforce shortage issues related to policy and practice barriers to licensure for health care workers, as well as assessing best practices in clinical placements.  
"In the coming months, we will share more in-depth information about our long-term efforts to stabilize and grow New Hampshire's health care workforce. We are proud to be managing this fund that will help forward the interests of health care providers who support medically underserved populations."   

New: Endowment for Health Annual Report
Beyond the urgent times we currently face, we haven't lost sight of our many collective accomplishments in partnership with all of you. And those accomplishments are all connected to the future we imagine - a future where all people who call New Hampshire home are happy, healthy and thriving.


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