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We don't plan to rely on safety nets, but they are life-saving when circumstances go outside of our control.
Whether you’re a trained acrobat with an unexpected fall or a neighbor facing a health crisis, we all need a safety net to catch us when our best planning goes awry.
Enter the coronavirus pandemic. Infection rates are higher among the low-income, communities of color we serve. The health impacts of this virus are amplified by unemployment, food insecurity, rent, and eviction concerns.
These compounded stressors have increased depression and anxiety symptoms across our community. Where is the safety-net in all of this? Can we count on it being there when circumstances go outside our control?
For PCC, building a reliable safety-net system is the ideal we’ve worked toward every day since our founding in 1993. When the coronavirus outbreak began, nearly everything about our day-to-day routines changed. We quickly shifted to remote work wherever possible and focused our attention on managing the growing emergency. What didn’t change is our commitment to partnerships, and our belief in building systems of care – even beyond traditional clinical services – to cushion hardship and lift people towards their healthiest lives.
We worked through existing programs to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and home monitoring equipment for the Montgomery Cares clinic network.