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PROMOTING WELLNESS IN GROUPS HARDEST HIT BY COVID-19

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Contact:
Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630
Jodi Andes, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-5273

One of the resolutions passed by the Franklin County Commissioners at their weekly General Session meeting today will provide a $200,000 grant to Franklin County Public Health to prioritize health and wellness solutions for people of color in Franklin County.
 
Along with the commissioners, Franklin County Public Health declared racism to be a public health crisis in May of 2020, and has also since created a position, Associate Director of Equity and Inclusion, to help address poor health outcomes, including COVID-19 infection, hospitalizations, and mortality among African Americans and other minority groups.  Non-White residents make up 22% of Franklin County’s population, but to-date, have made up 46% of COVID-19 cases.
 
This grant is being made available through funding from the American Rescue Plan.  You can read the text of the full resolution here and learn more about how the commissioners are using the American Rescue Plan to help our community recover from the pandemic at Recovery.FranklinCountyOhio.gov.
 

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