Healthcare Network Receives Emergency COVID-19 Grant to Help Immokalee Farmworkers and Residents who Test Positive for COVID-19

Healthcare Network Receives Emergency COVID-19 Grant to Help Immokalee Farmworkers and Residents who Test Positive for COVID-19

Naples, Fla. (May 28, 2021) – Healthcare Network has been awarded an $8,280 grant from Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church to help farmworkers and other vulnerable residents in Immokalee who test positive for COVID-19 while quarantined. The grant will fund 184 pulse oximeters which will provide lifesaving monitoring of oxygen levels. Additionally, $25 Winn Dixie gift cards will be distributed to assist those diagnosed and their household with emergency food and water for up to three days while the family safely quarantines.

COVID-19 affects lung function making oxygen a crucial concern for many patients with severe COVID-19. The pulse oximeters will allow farmworkers and residents, who test positive, to regularly monitor their oxygen levels so they may immediately seek help if levels fall below the normal threshold. Healthcare Network’s COVID-19 Response Team will identify and distribute the pulse oximeters and gift cards to families in need.

“We are very grateful for the generous support of the Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church. With this grant, we are ensuring vulnerable residents who test positive for COVID-19 receive support,” said Julie Pedretti, COVID-19 community relations director for Healthcare Network. “The oxygen monitoring devices and gift cards for an emergency supply of food and water are extremely critical for families to remain healthy and safe during the isolation period.”

Home to 27,000 residents, the agricultural community of Immokalee has a poverty rate of 43.4% compared to 9.3% in Naples and 15.5% in the state of Florida. Some of the most vulnerable residents in Immokalee have little access to medical services and face multiple barriers to care. Recognizing this need, Healthcare Network created a COVID-19 Response Team to help address health inequities facing the Immokalee community. The team provides COVID-19 vaccines, testing, education and community outreach. As the pandemic has continued, the team has remained on the frontlines ensuring underserved populations in Immokalee and throughout Collier County are not forgotten during this crisis.

The team’s work has included partnering with organizations such as the Department of Health-Collier, Partners in Health (PIH) and Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), creating and managing the Healthcare Network Resource Line (239.675.7080) to answers community questions about the virus, going door-to-door distributing culturally sensitive and language appropriate COVID-19 educational materials and PPE and providing mobile COVID-19 rapid testing in Immokalee neighborhoods.

To learn more about Healthcare Network’s COVID-19 efforts in Collier County and the COVID-19 Response Team, visit  www.HealthcareSWFL.org to learn more.

Jun 11, 2021 | COVID-19, Grants