Keeping Our Communities Safe & Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Heluna Health’s Response

Heluna Health’s program staff are on the front lines responding to COVID-19 (the illness caused by the novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2). We are working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health and many other local jurisdictions supporting a comprehensive response to this global pandemic. We are focused on protecting our most vulnerable populations, as well as those who serve them.

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Vaccine distribution
Heluna Health is providing staffing, procurement, contracting and other key infrastructure support to stand up immediate and widespread vaccination.
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Frontline responders
Heluna Health’s program staff are an integral part of ‘incident command structures’.
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Surge hiring of clinical and public health staff
We are helping clinical and public health entities respond as rapidly as possible by surge hiring MDs, RNS, EMTs, RTs, epidemiologists, microbiologists, community health workers, and supply chain staff.
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Case investigation and contact tracing
Heluna Health is standing up and training cohorts of case investigators and contact tracers in partnership with local health and state health departments, when needed.
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Supporting unhoused populations
Our outreach teams are working to help transition persons experiencing homelessness into ‘shelter-in-place’ & ‘isolation/quarantine’ locations (such as hotels and RVs). We are also providing additional education and support, as needed.
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Distributing PPE
Generous donors to our COVID-19 Response Fund have allowed us to provide much needed personal protective equipment to frontline clinical and community workers in counties with high caseloads.
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Expansion of COVID-19 testing
We are partnering with local health jurisdictions to support expanded testing, particularly in high risk and congregate settings.
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Research
We are supporting NIH-funded COVID-19 vaccine trials and investigating the impact of COVID-19 on participants of the USDA WIC program.
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Core administrative support/fiscal sponsorship
We are working with the CDC, as well as state and local health departments to efficiently deploy funds that directly support the COVID-19 response.
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Dedicated support to meet basic needs
We are providing food and other basic necessities to low-income families and at-risk youth who have been so deeply impacted by the economic dislocation caused by the pandemic.

We Can Help You Manage the COVID-19 Response

If you are a health department, government agency, or part of another organization responding to this crisis and need staffing, contact investigation/contact tracing expansion, procurement or other fiscal and administrative support, please contact us at contracts@helunahealth.org or 1.800.201.7320. We will work with you as flexibly as possible to help meet your needs. 

COVID-19 Basics

Because COVID-19 is a newly identified illness, we are continuously learning more details regarding the various ways that the virus can be transmitted and cause illness. The most recent information scientists have suggests that COVID-19 mainly spreads through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about six feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. People who are physically near (within six feet) a person with COVID-19 or have direct contact with that person are at greatest risk of infection. When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe they produce respiratory droplets. Infections occur mainly through exposure to respiratory droplets when a person is in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Respiratory droplets cause infection when they are inhaled or deposited on mucous membranes, such as those that line the inside of the nose and mouth.

Some infections can be spread by exposure to virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. These viruses may be able to infect people who are further than six feet away from the person who is infected or after that person has left the space. This kind of spread is referred to as airborne transmission. There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than six feet away. These transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation. Sometimes the infected person was breathing heavily, for example while singing or exercising. *

Data has also shown that COVID-19 can be transmitted by individuals who are ‘asymptomatic,’ meaning that they do not know they are infected with the virus.  The virus is quite transmissible, which means that it spreads relatively easily from person-to-person within a community. The latest updates on COVID-19 from the CDC can be found here: CDC’s webpage.

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to track the number of countries and territories where COVID-19 has been identified. The United States has the greatest number of confirmed cases and deaths worldwide. Current U.S. data suggests that COVID-19 is impacting some communities and demographic groups disproportionately, including Black/African American and Latino individuals. Individuals at increased risk for severe illness include older adults (the older you are, the greater your risk for severe illness) and individuals with underlying health conditions.

Outbreaks involving novel viruses evolve quickly and guidance from public health officials is changing as research continues to characterize the nature and transmission dynamics of this virus.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html

Donate to Our COVID-19 Response Fund

As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the health and well-being of our communities, we and our program partners are working on the front lines to stop the spread of this virus in communities with the greatest need. Please join us in supporting these heroes.

Share Your COVID-19 #WhyIVax Selfie

Whether you’ve already received your COVID-19 vaccine or pledge to do so when it’s available to you, Heluna Health invites you to share the top reason you’re choosing to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Join Our Team

Interested in employment opportunities with Heluna Health? See a list of our current openings and join our team of health heroes.

Our Client Support Team is here for you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact us to assess how we can support your team during this challenging time.