On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. Since then, our lives and lifestyles have changed dramatically. Many of you have been personally affected by COVID-19, either directly or through the illness of a loved one or friend who has been infected. Many questions and concerns exist in our community and many more are yet to be asked.
As we navigate the complexities of this pandemic, we remind ourselves of our mission: to educate, support and advocate for the bleeding disorders community of Wisconsin. That is why GLHF will continue to work diligently to make sure you have the most up-to-date and relevant information we can provide. The health and safety of the bleeding disorders community is our highest priority!
We recently conducted a survey asking you how you are feeling and what you need from us. You shared that you are fearful about loss of employment and paying your bills. You want information about COVID-19 and to connect with each other more. You also said that your kids miss their camp friends. I want you to know that we heard you.
GLHF’s emergency assistance program may be able to help you pay for rent or other basic needs. It may also help you maintain insurance coverage and pay medical bills. If you would like to apply, please contact your HTC social worker.
To help you feel more connected during these uncertain times we are adding virtual programming through November. Our programming includes: a Virtual Education Series followed by Virtual Roundtables; Virtual Happy Hours; Total Wellness Tuesdays; Sunday Symposiums; and Virtual Camp Klotty Pine. Visit the Events section of our website for our full calendar. We will continue to keep you informed through emails, social media and COVID-19 updates to the Resources and News sections of our website.
People of color are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Systemic racial disparities in our country have resulted in a public health crisis encompassing education, housing, access to health care, job opportunities, the persistent threat of police violence and many more unseen and unheard of injustices. As an organization, we reject and condemn injustice, racism, and harassment of any kind. We are committed to an inclusive workplace and community and promise to be an anti-racism ally. To all people of color, we see you, we hear you, and we stand with you – Black Lives Matter.
Danielle Leitner Baxter
Executive Director, GLHF
Regional Director, Region V-West/Northern States