Covid-19 Update 5.1.20

Posted Friday May 01, 2020

Health Gap Community:

Welcome to our first Friday update in May. We’ve turned over a new month, and with that, the state of Ohio has rolled out its Responsible Restart Ohio guidance. As the emergency evolves, we’re continuing to update our community resource website at . Please check often for updates about how to stay safe and learn how this emergency is affecting the African American and other vulnerable communities.

For this week’s update, we have details about our 4th Virtual Town Hall  this Saturday , and some news about the COVID-19 impact on the black community in other cities. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions or suggestions, and please stay safe!


Renee Mahaffey Harris,
Health Gap President & CEO


Join Us for COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall #4 on Saturday, May 2 from 4-6pm

Join us tomorrow,  May 2 at 4 PM  for a special 2-hour edition of our weekly Virtual Town Hall. We will be talking with a number of professionals about the impact of COVID-19 on our community.  Click here to join us on Zoom  (password is 040735) or tune in on Facebook Live at the Health Gap page.

In the first hour, we will discuss how we stay safe as the state slowly reopens and what this may mean for hospitals, the general public, and schools. In hour two, we will discuss how education can be continued at home during COVID-19. Cincinnati City Councilmember Jan-Michele Kearney will moderate. Featured guest speakers for this event include:

Hour 1

  • Dr. Michael Thomas, UC Health, Department Chair Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Dr. Opeolu Adeoye, UC Health, Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine Co-Director, UC Stroke Team
  • Laura Mitchell, CPS Superintendent
  • Director Ursel J. McElroy, Ohio Department of Aging and Co- Director of Governors Minority Strike Force

Hour 2

  • Anthony Smith, Winton Woods Superintendent
  • Tianay Amat, CPS, Deputy Superintendent
  • Vanessa White, Former School Board Member, ULGSO SVP
  • Larry B. Hodge, Educator, Home Schooling
  • Brenda Harris , Early Childhood Educator
  • Johnnetta Johnson, Dean of Students, Purcell Marian

Special thanks to reporter Jatara McGee from WLWT/Channel 5 for attending our Town Hall broadcasts. She prepared this  story to talk about the Town Hall impact . For information or to listen to recordings of our previous Town Halls, visit .


A Center of Strength and Service

In “The Real Deal” blog, writer R.T. Andrews highlights the work we’re all doing here in Cincinnati to protect our community. You can read his entire article  here . He writes, “In Cincinnati, a growing coalition of African American community groups is working together to address the complex of problems made urgent by the global pandemic. Tired of just reacting to injuries and insults both societal and systemic, several black leaders have decided to pool their resources and become a center of strength and service to the community around all things COVID.

Thank You United Way and P&G!

The United Way and Procter & Gamble teamed up to make a generous donation of masks and sanitizers to The Health Gap. These supplies are being distributed in partnership with the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority to our neighbors in need – residents who range in age from babies to our seniors. A heartfelt thank you to the United Way and P&G for answering the call!

Black Communities Hit Hard Across the Country

Our African American communities nationwide are being devastated by COVID-19. Leaders across the country are stepping up to shine a light on the issue and protect their neighbors. Here’s a sampling of coverage over the past week:

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