Covid-19 Update 4.17.20

Posted Friday April 17, 2020

Health Gap Community:

Here is our latest Friday update for April 17. We have details about a new Virtual Town Hall this Saturday, and some reminders about voting, accessing free internet service, and staying safe as COVID-19 continues to evolve. As always, please let us know if you have questions or suggestions, and please stay safe!


Renee Mahaffey Harris,
Health Gap President & CEO


Join Us for a COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall #2

More than 100 people attended our first Town Hall on COVID-19, so we’re planning additional events to answer your questions. The coronavirus is disproportionately impacting the Black community and other vulnerable populations. Join our panel of local leaders and experts for our 2nd Virtual Town Hall, moderated by Cincinnati City Councilmember Jan Michele Lemon Kearney and hosted by the Health Gap. This week’s panelists include:

  • William West – President, CAFA
  • Louis Arnold – President, Sentinels
  • Raffel Prophett – Co-Founder, Public/Medical
  • Charles Thompson – Co-Founder, Public/Medical
  • Dr. Shantel Thomas – A Sound Mind Counseling
  • Sandra Jones Mitchell – President, SOACT
  • Rev. Mark Bomar – Baptist Ministers Conference

To join the call, please access our Zoom webinar at .

To listen to a recording of our first Town Hall on April 11, click  here.


Your Vote Matters More Than Ever

The Ohio Primary Election has been extended to  April 28.  Make sure your voice is heard! Click  here  to check out a short video and other details to complete your ballot.

Free Internet Access for Students

One of America’s largest cable providers is offering free broadband internet service to students who need to attend online classes because of the coronavirus. Charter Communications says it will offer free Spectrum broadband internet service and wi-fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have Spectrum service. To enroll, call  1-844-488-8395 .

A Time for Gratitude

We are so grateful for all the people who are keeping us safe, healthy and fed during this emergency. Nurses, doctors, ER staff, grocery employees, food delivery people, postal employees, teachers helping our students – just to name a few.

We’re also thankful for our team at the Health Gap for all of their hard work and commitment during this stressful time. Thank you to everyone for doing your part. We’re getting through this and we’re doing it together!

Hitting the Black Community Hardest

According to Reuters, African-Americans are more likely to die of COVID-19 than any other group in the U.S. The pace at which African-Americans are dying has transformed this public-health crisis into an object lesson in racial and class inequality. Here are links to some of the latest national articles on this issue and what we can do in response.

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