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 www.jtgfoundation.org/resources/covid-19 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.

 

COVID-19 Research Spotlight: Rural Places

April 7, 2020 – General

Given the multitude of rural spaces in Maine, the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire has highlighted some of the most recent research on diagnoses, experiences, and implications of #COVID-19 in rural places, including Maine.

Rural COVID-19 Innovations

April 2, 2020 – General

Learn about how rural communities are innovating the face of COVID-19. The Rural Health Information Hub is assembling a collection of best practices, lessons learned, and other examples addressing healthcare and health-related concerns, such as food and shelter. #covid-19

Infographic: Rate of Living Alone by Rurality and Age

April 1, 2020 – Seniors

A new infographic from the University of Minnesota’s Rural Health Research Center found that the likelihood of living alone increases with age in both urban and rural areas. An estimated 28.2% of people ages 65 and older in nonmetropolitan (rural) counties live alone, compared to only 6.6% of people ages 18-34 in these same areas. This highlights the importance of place-based approaches to supporting seniors who live alone. #covid-19

Some Pregnant Women Who Can Afford to Are Fleeing New York City

April 1, 2020 – Families

With fear of exposure to the coronavirus in hospitals, many pregnant women are considering giving birth at home or traveling great distances. The Stateline initiative of Pew Charitable Trusts reports that rural, black women, who were already marginalized before the pandemic, are now unable to find available midwives and feel they have no option but to have risky unassisted home births. Lifting existing state restrictions on midwifery and supporting black midwives and doulas could be part of the solution. Experts at the Urban Institute also propose that ensuring Medicaid coverage for out-of-hospital births would help further support safe options for mothers. #covid-19

SWCAP’s Pop-Up Food Pantry hits the road

March 30, 2020 – Families

In rural Wisconsin, a Community Action Program has created a pop-up food pantry to support residents who are isolating, struggling with food costs, or cannot reach a traditional pantry during the coronavirus pandemic. The mobile unit is a bus (donated by Head Start), outfitted with refrigerators and shelves (donated by a local foundation and several businesses). The bus has been traversing the county since the end of March, dropping off pre-boxed foods at seniors’ residences without face-to-face contact. #covid-19 #foodsecurity #rural

Child Trends: School-based health centers can deliver care to vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 18, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Report makes recommendations to school districts for supporting the health and well being of students while schools are closed. School-based health centers disproportionately reach low-income students and those living in rural areas. For many, such services represent their only access to health care—at a time when they may need care the most. #covid-19 #education

For millions of low-income seniors, coronavirus is a food-security issue

March 16, 2020 – Seniors

From the Brookings Institute: Facilitating meal deliveries (like Meals on Wheels) to low-income seniors aging in place provides crucial support in a time when grocery shopping can be risky and senior centers and food pantries may be closed or limited in operations. In Humboldt County, California an organization called SoHum Health is reaching out directly to seniors to check in about health needs and connect them with a local senior center coordinating grocery delivery. #covid-19 #foodsecurity

How States Are Expanding Broadband Access: New research identifies tactics for connecting unserved communities

February 27, 2020 – Families

As the pandemic highlights gaps in broadband access, several older publications focused on efforts that states can undertake to strengthen broadband infrastructure have resurfaced, including an overview of state efforts from Pew. In Vermont, where a new state allows for multi-town broadband districts, efforts to improve access are accelerated amid the coronavirus pandemic. As noted in a PhilanthropyWorx piece, mobile hot spots do not work where cell coverage is poor, so these alternate strategies for expanding permanent infrastructure are key. Note: The PhilanthropyWorx piece contains a broader list of action strategies for placebased rural-focused funders which may be of interest to the Foundation. #covid-19 #rural