March 24, 2020 Blog

USofCare as COVID-19 Resource to State and Fed Policymakers

Dear friends,

As we experience the daily developments related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the world continues to rapidly change around us, we want to reach out to our partners to let you know what you can expect from United States of Care during this challenging time.

First and foremost, our thoughts and well-wishes go out to those who have been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. These are scary times, but please know that we are with you and we will get through this together.

We are closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state health departments. In response to that information, we have closed our offices in Washington, DC and Minneapolis, MN, and our team is working remotely.

Our work will nonetheless continue.

USofCare’s mission to ensure that every single American has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of health status, social need, or income has never been more important.

Our business as usual, however, will change.

We plan to shift our resources to provide immediate support for state and federal government and public response needs, leveraging our expertise, capacity, network, and resources to support effective responses to the pandemic.

We will structure this work around several core areas, with more to be determined as circumstances dictate:

  • Creating and scaling smart solutions. Creating policy menus and ideas for consideration at state, federal, and institutional levels. Sharing best practices, policies, messaging, and innovative approaches to scale quickly to other areas.
  • Connecter. Bring people and solutions together to tackle hard problems. “Matchmaking” between supply (of expertise, models, or literal operational supplies) and demand (requests/needs from states, feds, stakeholders.)
  • Amplify. Amplify and communicate public health needs/ directives to political and business leaders, and the public at large.

As we continue to adapt to the ever-shifting landscape, we hope you will continue to support us. Our partnerships are at the core of everything we do, and of utmost importance to us.

We are accessible via email, phone, and remote meeting technologies, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us. The challenge that this outbreak represents to you and all of our families, friends, and communities is unlike anything most of us have ever seen, and what is most important now is that you stay safe and healthy.

We will continue to monitor the situation, adjust our operations accordingly, and keep you informed of any developments. And we will lead with compassion and center the people most impacted until we overcome this together.

Sincerely,

Emily Barson
Executive Director