To assist those who are most vulnerable to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, Cedars-Sinai contributed $2 million to 22 local nonprofits across communities in the Los Angeles region. This commitment is in addition to $2 million that Cedars-Sinai provided in March to support programs providing food, housing and health care.
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles will receive $500,000 to help launch its Health Pathways Expansion Program as part of its broader pandemic relief fund efforts to increase access to medical care for people experiencing homelessness. St. John's Well Child & Family Center, offering free and affordable medical and dental services in Los Angeles, will receive a $150,000 grant from Cedars-Sinai to retrain members of its staff, who would have been furloughed, as COVID-19 contact tracers. Other local organizations are receiving funds to support health, wellness and social services for vulnerable populations.
"We are committed to doing everything we can to help underserved populations get the care and services they need during this very challenging time," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai, in a news release.