COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund

Temple University’s COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund specifically targets medically underserved urban, suburban, and rural communities impacted by COVID-19 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This short-term initiative will focus on improving health outcomes among racial and ethnic minority groups, English language learners, and vulnerable populations, including older adults, adults with intellectual and other disabilities or chronic conditions in counties throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additionally, this initiative will prioritize communities that have endured long-standing systemic health and social inequities, such as those who have limited access to healthcare, face discrimination, live in crowded conditions and poverty, experience education, income, or wealth gaps, and work in settings that put them at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure. 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. This project is being supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration.

Applications will no longer be accepted as the $3.5 million in funds have been fully committed.

Employer Partners

The COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund will provides sub-awards for Employer Partners to reassign or hire and train trauma-informed credible messengers, including case aides and case workers, community health advocates, community health workers, community liaisons and organizers, community outreach workers, constituent service providers in offices of elected officials, health ambassadors, patient navigators, peer counselors and educators, public health aides, religious leaders, and social support specialists. Partners will commit to implementing COVID-19 prevention and vaccine adherence strategies in their respective communities and for the populations they serve. 

Below is the list of organizations that are recipients of Temple’s COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund:

Allegheny County

Southwest PA AHEC

Dauphin County

Delaware County

Multicultural Community Family Services

Lancaster County

United Way of Lancaster County

Lycoming County

Lycoming County United Way

Monroe County

Pocono Mountain United Way

Montgomery County

Norristown Hospitality Center

Northampton County

Hispanic Center of Lehigh Valley

Philadelphia County

For more information

Shirley Moy

Executive Director, Lenfest Center for Community Workforce Partnerships

Office:   (215) 204-3424


Link Martin, MSW

Director, Temple University Harrisburg

Office:  (717) 232-6400


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