Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI), a member of Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare), will receive a grant of $200,000 from funds totaling $7.8 million that Mayor de Blasio and NYC Health + Hospitals have earmarked for community-based organizations to promote public awareness around COVID-19 and New York City’s Test & Trace Corps. All 38 of these community-based organizations serve low-income and vulnerable communities across the five boroughs who are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19.
“We thank Mayor de Blasio and NYC Health + Hospitals for including CHASI among the organizations who will receive these vital funds,” said Diane Arneth, CHASI Executive Director and HRHCare Chief of Community Services. “With these funds, CHASI will employ eight staff members to help increase awareness around COVID-19 testing and prevention, and the coordinated behavioral health care and social support services we have been providing to Staten Islanders for over 30 years.”
“Our city will not recover until we address the painful disparities laid bare by the COVID-19 crisis,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement released from his office. “As we emerge from the crisis, we are doing everything we can to deliver care to New Yorkers in the heart of their communities. The Test and Trace Corps is our most effective way to stop the spread of the virus and ensure that New Yorkers have the tools they need to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
The Test & Trace Corps is New York City’s comprehensive effort to test, trace, and treat every case of COVID-19. Through a partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Corps allows the City to immediately isolate and care for those who test positive for the virus, and rapidly track, assess, and quarantine anyone they may have infected.