Temple unveils COVID Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund

Temple University is excited to announce its COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund, specifically targeting medically underserved urban, suburban, and rural communities impacted by COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

This short-term initiative will focus on improving health outcomes among vulnerable populations in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Dauphin, and Lancaster counties.  The ultimate goals of this project are to prevent COVID-19 transmission, increase vaccine access and decrease vaccine hesitancy, and provide the resources communities need to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.  Through support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration, Temple University will allocate $3.5 million to non-profit organizations for this work, with an expectation for funds to be fully expended by the end of November 2021.

The COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund will provide sub-awards for Employer Partners to reassign or hire and train trauma-informed credible messengers, who will commit to implementing COVID-19 prevention and vaccine adherence strategies in their respective communities and for the populations they serve.  With clearly defined expectations and scope of work, the employer partner can receive a cost-reimbursable subcontract for up to $50,000 for every full-time COVID-19 Trauma Informed Worker they employ; the employer will be reimbursed for the salary and fringe benefits of the COVID-19 Trauma Informed Worker, for a proportion of the salary of the supervisor, and for other direct operating costs like travel reimbursement, lodging for a program-end conference, supplies, marketing and event materials, phone, technology needs, etc.. 

For application guidelines, please visit our website. To learn more about this fund, please join us and register for one of the following Information Sessions:

Tuesday, July 6 from 3 PM to 5 PM
Wednesday, July 14 from 9 AM to 11 AM

Applications will be accepted starting July 1, 2021, and close at 11:59 PM on October 1, 2021 or earlier, when the $3.5 million in funds are fully committed.


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