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Resiliency Fund Priorities

CHE's Resiliency Fund has three funding priority areas:

Health Equity

“Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.” (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, May 2017)

Not all residents of Lincoln have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic the same way. Data clearly shows that people of color have had disproportionate exposure and illness. COVID-19 has shone a harsh light on health disparities that existed in Lincoln long before this pandemic. CHE will focus funding on understanding and addressing health disparities that affect people who are marginalized or excluded due to race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.

CHE strongly encourages engaging those most affected by health inequities in the design and development of projects intended to reduce disparities.

Examples of project areas could include, but are not limited to:

  • identifying and measuring health disparities and social inequities
  • investing in health and social infrastructure that fosters equity, and/or
  • establishing and empowering programs and systems that promote heath equity.

To understand more about health equity, CHE recommends this report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. You can read more and download copies of the executive summary and full report at that link.

Human Connection

A thriving community is rooted in human connection. Loneliness is at the root of many public health threats, including alcohol/drug addiction, suicide, violence, mental illness, physical illness, and cognitive decline.

Social isolation has been linked to a 50% increase in dementia, a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2020). The damaging effects of loneliness on health are not restricted to any age or ethnic group. Based on a variety of studies, Dr. Vivek Murthy, former U.S. Surgeon General, reports that the impact of social isolation and loneliness on longevity equals that of smoking 15 cigarettes a day and exceeds the risks associated with obesity, excessive alcohol consumption and lack of exercise.

The physical distancing and social isolation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted our need for human connection and may result in long-term, serious consequences for Lincoln without an intentional response. CHE will focus funding on addressing the impact of social isolation on vulnerable populations.

Examples of project areas could include, but are not limited to:

  • building stronger individual and family connections,
  •  building stronger neighborhood and group connections, including inter-generational approaches; and/or
  •  building high-quality connections at a community level

Embracing Opportunity

Non-profit agencies told CHE that, despite the many challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities also exist. CHE will focus funding on ‘lessons learned’ from the COVID-19 pandemic and how these “new ways of doing business” can lead to sustainable solutions and approaches.

Examples of project areas could include, but are not limited to:

  • creative and innovative service delivery,
  • non-traditional collaborations and shared agency function ,
  • technology solutions, and/or
  • program re-alignments and staff retraining.

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