Resource Library

COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.

The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.


Mental and Behavioral Health System Fixes During the COVID-19 Crisis, and Beyond

April 16, 2020 – Families

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) published a brief suggesting that the pandemic is producing “cultural trauma” that will trigger adverse mental health outcomes. The brief suggests expansions of federal funding for behavioral health services and staff and addressing gaps in telehealth delivery (including reconsidering regulations around accessing therapy through text and phone app). The brief also suggests ways that states can waive requirements around pre-authorization for services, utilizing presumptive eligibility, and determining medical necessity of mental health services to deliver services more quickly. #covid-19

Your Unemployment Call Could be Answered by the National Guard

April 16, 2020 – General

Pew Trusts reports that states are struggling to process the high volume of unemployment calls, particularly with departments’ outdated technology. Many states, including Florida and Texas have transferred staff from other state agencies and hired new workers, New Hampshire and West Virginia have requested call center support from the National Guard, Georgia and New Jersey have asked retired state employees to return to work, and New York has shortened forms to speed processing time. A summary of changes to unemployment compensation rules and administrative responses by state is available from the National Conference of State Legislatures. #covid-19 #workforce

How Child Welfare Leaders Can Help Older Youth During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 15, 2020 – Older Youth

As the nation grapples with the public health crisis of COVID-19, child welfare systems must prioritize the urgent and unique needs of older youth in foster care and those who have left (or aged out of) foster care without permanent family connections. The Casey Foundation urges action on the a set of priority needs. Child welfare leaders, advocates, policymakers, philanthropists and others must work with communities, young people, families and systems to improve policies and practices to help youth and young adults. #covid-19

School district responses to the COVID-19 pandemic: Round 2, districts are up and running

April 15, 2020 – General

New survey results from the second wave of the American Enterprise Institute’s COVID-19 Education Response Longitudinal Survey (C-ERLS) reveal the dramatic shift in school district actions over just an 11-day period. This nationally representative survey of public school districts showed that the percentage of schools with remote instructional programs increased from 43% on March 27 to 71% by April 7, 2020. The full report also details that by April 7, the majority of schools—68%—had daily meal pickups organized on school sites and 66% had some kind of technology assistance available to families. #covid-19 #foodsecurity #education

Resources for Maine nonprofits

April 14, 2020 – General

The Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) has created several lists of information and resources for nonprofits regarding the #COVID-19 crisis. Their main resource page includes information and advice for leaders, staff and volunteer management, fundraising and communication, how to leverage technology, and more. This includes a specific resource page regarding financial relief and available options.

Will Students without Home Internet Fall Behind During Coronavirus Shutdowns?

April 12, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Analysis from the Public Policy Institute of California found that that most vulnerable studentsduring the coronavirus pandemic – those who are low income, Latinx, African American, or rural – are less likely to have broadband access at home. Almost 50 percent of low-income households with school-aged children did not have broadband at home. Without anchor institutions like libraries, recreation centers, and restaurants to provide public Wi-Fi, students have fewer public solutions available, which has serious implications for educational equity. #covid-19 #education

COVID‐19: How Can Rural Community Pharmacies Respond to the Outbreak?

April 11, 2020 – Families

New research commentary from The Journal of Rural Health describes how pharmacists can play an important role in public health, especially in rural areas with limited primary care providers during coronavirus pandemic. With “about 90% of Americans living within 5 miles of a community pharmacy” (2), pharmacists have an opportunity to advise patients on symptoms and refer patients to higher levels of care when necessary. #covid-19 #rural

CBPP: Most States Are Easing SNAP Participation Rules and Providing Added Benefits

April 10, 2020 – Families

States have capitalized on new flexibilities to the SNAP (food stamp) program granted under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to help manage rising administrative demands and ensure that participants maintain much-needed benefits. CBPP provides a state-by-state analysis, including Maine's work to make SNAP more accessible to those in need. #covid-19

COVID-19’s essential workers deserve hazard pay. Here’s why—and how it should work

April 10, 2020 – Families

Many of the essential workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are very low income, leaving them economically vulnerable and at greater risk of exposure to the virus. Recent research from Brookings explores ways to implement hazard pay for essential workers, one of which is reflected in New Hampshire’s new program providing a $300 per week stipend for employees of long-term care facilities. #covid-19 #workforce

How the coronavirus shutdown will affect school district revenues

April 9, 2020 – Families

As state budgets are hit hard by the economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, school districts will have to plan for a sharp decline in their budgets for the 2020-2021 school year. The recent federal stimulus package does include aid for K-12 students, but this support will likely be insufficient. Due to state funding formulas and layoff policies, the effects will be felt differently across the country. #covid-19 #education

How to reach students without internet access during coronavirus? Schools get creative

April 9, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

For more rural places or districts without widespread broadband access during the coronovirus pandemic, schools are shifting to more low-tech solutions, including daily television programming tied to local curriculums via local PBS affiliates in Arkansas and California, at-home reading challenges in Rhode Island, and delivery of print materials via school bus in Nevada and Minnesota, These deliveries are sometimes paired with school meal drop-offs, as in New Hampshire. #covid-19 #education #rural

Brookings: Farmers markets are vital during COVID-19, but they need more support

April 8, 2020 – General

Farmers markets can be key to helping low-income individuals access healthy food, but they need federal, state, and local commitment to allow them to remain open and safe as essential services amid the #COVID-19 pandemic, Brookings argues. In Maine, Governor Mills proclaimed Farmers Markets as essential businesses and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has released new Covid-related guidelines. #foodsecurity