The CARESTAR Foundation has announced that it awarded thirty grants totaling $4.3 million in 2020 in support of organizations, projects, and programs working to improve emergency response across California.
To that end, grants were awarded to strengthen partnerships in support of the state's emergency response system, as well as to organizations working to provide relief assistance to communities impacted by COVID-19. The awards include $1.5 million to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority in support of statewide technology upgrades aimed at enabling the sharing of critical health information between field responders and emergency departments; and nearly $1 million for hospital-based violence intervention programs, including $330,000 to the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI); $450,000 to the CA Bridge Program at the Public Health Institute for the provision of wraparound services to patients struggling with opioid addiction; $442,000 to Public Health Advocates in support of research on the state’s 911 system, planning for a future multi-year program, and advocacy aimed at "reimagining first response"; and $180,000 in support of statewide community paramedicine pilot programs.
Grants to meet COVID-related emergency needs include $12,500 to the California Paramedic Foundation for a pediatric drowning prevention PSA; $50,000 to the United Way Bay Area in support of regional 211 services; and $100,000 to the CDC Foundation to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies, staffing, and support to vulnerable communities.
"We have worked with so many inspiring organizations throughout the year that are dedicated to bringing positive change to the complex emergency response system in California," said CARESTAR Foundation CEO Tanir Ami. "Many of our grantees are undertaking some of the most innovative and thoughtful approaches to delivering equitable, unified, and compassionate care to trauma and emergency patients. We're extremely proud to support their efforts."
For a complete list of grantees, see the CARESTAR Foundation website.