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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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Where People Create Change

The Center for Health Equity is a place where people come together to find the resources and partners to solve some of our community's biggest challenges.

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The Opportunity

The Opportunity

A new approach to improve community health.

Much of our community's health is rooted in systems and policies built on a foundation of inequality. From one zip code to another, our residents live dramatically different lives. And often health, life expectancy, and opportunities for success are divided along the lines of race, income, disability, gender and other factors.

After more than three years of listening to residents, nonprofits, government leaders, faith leaders, and others, we believe that people are ready to approach these challenges in a new way. Together we can address systems change to ensure everyone has a fair shot at good health.

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The Vision

The Vision

A place for people to create positive change.

Everyone has ideas and experiences that can contribute meaningfully to the improvement of our community, but we often only hear from voices that sound like our own. The Center for Health Equity is a space that brings an unexpected combination of people together to build a healthier and more equitable Pinellas County.

The challenges we face are rooted in long-standing, complex systems that need many people from different backgrounds and industries working to improve them. When people have the space and resources to come together and share ideas openly, they’re able to have a greater impact than they could alone.

No one person or organization has all the answers, but when we support each other toward a common goal, we can achieve the types of systemic changes that are necessary to break down the barriers to health that exist for so many of our residents.

The Center

The Center

A space for collaborative work.

The opportunities and obstacles around health are affected by nearly every part of our community. If we want to successfully untangle the complex issues we face, we need to work across industries and organizations.

To end differences in health, people need time, space, and support in order to collaborate, envision, and execute their ideas. The Center will accommodate a variety of meetings and events, offer space for meaningful group work, support community efforts with technology, facilitation and resources, and provide programming based on the needs and responses of Pinellas County residents.

Events traditionally hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, such as their “Speakers Who Inspire” series, research and data report rollouts, and convenings, will now be held at the Center. The Center is positioned to attract and engage a diverse community of change-makers to South St. Petersburg, creating a hub of social interaction in the Center's neighborhood (2333 34th Street South). Foundation offices will be located behind the Center.

The Community

To help envision a healthier and more equitable community, we’re asking for ideas and input from the people who live, work, and invest in Pinellas County. The voices of our community drive our decision-making at the Center and this valuable feedback moves us toward making meaningful change.

I would like to see multi-generational opportunities and resources to provide a solid foundation for all.
Ginger Quarterman

Ginger Quarterman

Manager, Beauty Depot

I would like to see the creation of city, county and private sector intergenerational mentorship programs.
Dr. Christopher Warren

Dr. Christopher Warren

Director, SpringZone St. Pete

I would like to see teachers who have empathy for who their students are and the truth of their lived experience.
Kimberly MS Skukalek, M. ED.

Kimberly MS Skukalek, M. ED.

Instructional Staff Developer for Equity and CRT Pinellas County Schools

I’d like to see the community becoming more mindful, changing the vibration one breath at a time.
Clayton Sizemore

Clayton Sizemore

Senior Instructor/Chairman, Urban Yoga Florida

I would love to see a community with fair and equitable treatment for all, with no exceptions.
Karin Butterfield

Karin Butterfield

Justice Reform Coordinator

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