Aimed at frontline workers' health and critical aid in BIPOC communities.
As COVID-19 continues to separate and isolate, the Medtronic Foundation continues to bring us together, announcing new giving aimed at those most vulnerable who are hardest hit.
Frontline health workers, at risk physically due to the virus, are increasingly at risk mentally as well – with exhaustion, burnout, depression, and anxiety taking toll. Our partner organizations are prioritizing mental health for all members of their communities, so we're responding with grants to support mental health services, as well as to address food insecurity and other critical disaster relief aid, particularly in those communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
A disproportionate number of those communities are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Because BIPOC communities continue to bear the brunt of the pandemic’s health and economic effects, our expanded support is focused with them in response: both in the communities where we’re giving worldwide, and in the local expertise with whom we’re partnering to deliver the funds.
It is crucial for us to deliver support quickly to counteract the disproportionate effect the virus has on underserved, marginalized communities.— Paurvi Bhatt, President, Medtronic Foundation
The Medtronic Foundation’s additional funding is enhanced by new action from Medtronic – a more than $2 million donation of frontline health worker PPE including more than 400,000 N95 surgical masks and 430,000 KN95 respirators.
This new commitment is in addition to charitable contributions made earlier this year and brings the total of the company’s COVID-19 relief efforts to more than $46 million.