As part of the PRISM initiative launched by United Global Alliance, the donation is set to help minority communities in the pandemic.
Press release: Washington D.C., September 18th, 2020
The United Impact Fund, in partnership with California Health Medical Reserve Corps (CHMRC) has donated 1,000 respirator masks and 100 gowns to OLE Health. The donation will help support residents and healthcare workers at the forefront of COVID-19 in Napa and Solano counties.
In the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment (PPE) has been in critically short supply, putting health workers and everyday people at risk of spreading and contracting the virus. The mask and gown donation from the United Impact Fund and CHMRC has come at a pivotal time and is already being used to protect the staff and people OLE Health serves who are most at risk. The life-saving PPE is allowing OLE Health to continue to provide high-quality care to thousands of patients, especially in a time of crisis.
The United Impact Fund is a relief fund recently launched by United Global Alliance (UNITED), an impact venture firm with a global footprint that addresses sustainability challenges in the fintech, telecom, energy and healthcare sectors. The fund mobilizes philanthropists, foundations, family offices, technology entrepreneurs, and community organizations to scale high-impact solutions that empower minorities.
The fund is also part of PRISM (Pandemic Response through Innovation & Scientific Methodology), UNITED’s collaborative initiative that addresses urgent needs among vulnerable communities. To date, PRISM has donated over 40,000 respirator masks and gowns to community clinics serving Hispanic and Black communities both in the US and across Africa.
In addition to its healthcare community programs, UNITED is working with investors and technology leaders to build additional impact initiatives in the eSports, fintech, and telecom sectors, including a project that advances connectivity and broadband access among minorities and underserved communities.
“OLE Health’s staff and network of frontline healthcare workers are working tirelessly to assist at-risk communities, and UNITED is truly honored to support them during these troubling times, first with COVID and now with the wildfires”, says Bachir Diagne, Co-founder and General Partner at UNITED.
“As the local consortium of community health centers in Napa and Solano Counties, we are glad to be able to help coordinate this effort along with CHMRC and PRISM”, adds Alvaro Fuentes, Executive Director of the Community Clinic Consortium of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.
Dan Desmond, Executive Director of CHMRC and a PRISM advisor, notes how “the need for PPE for the community is real and the CHMRC team is addressing those needs with its partners. The PRISM initiative is helping us and the donor community to ensure that quality, timely PPE is available to those that need it most. OLE Health and the Clinic Consortium have been amazing partners continuously supporting these communities through floods, wildfires, and many health events. We are thrilled to be able to contribute to their mission”.
UNITED is a diversified American impact venture firm, holding group and global venture builder with a presence in 10 countries and a portfolio of 20 companies. The group builds and scales mission-driven ventures and initiatives that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. UNITED operates two Strategic Business Units (SBUs): United Global Alliance, a consortium of growth and established companies that provide large-scale solutions in the e-government, energy, telecom, financial services, investment, healthcare and trade sectors; and United Global Ventures, a venture studio that builds and scales a portfolio of early-stage companies and startups in the TMT sector (Technology, Media and Telecom). United Ventures aims to build a connected future for minorities by bridging the digital divide, facilitating technology access and solving last-mile connectivity challenges.
About the California Health Medical Reserve Corps (CHMRC)
CHMRC is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2013 as a unique version of an MRC focused on digitally driven local health innovation. In direct contrast to ubiquitous public-health arms of tech corporations, CHMRC has on-the-ground understanding of the challenges facing individual counties and health systems. CHMRC’s goal is to utilize its extensive knowledge of California communities and its technology network to address gaps between healthcare and public health while increasing the efficacy of emergency and disaster responses.
About OLE Health
OLE Health is a community clinic that provides person-centered, high-quality health care for residents of the Napa Valley. Our teams of medical professionals work together to provide patients with the range of services they need, when and where they need them. The clinic’s wide range of treatment programs include Women’s Health Services, Behavioral Health Specialists, Dieticians, Dental Health and more. OLE Health is a member of California’s Community Clinic Consortium of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.