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COVID-19 Relief Response


Published on 3/26/2020

Shanna Adamic
Executive Director, First Hand

The unprecedented ripple effect of the coronavirus can be felt around the world. Healthcare systems, governments and humanitarian organizations are rushing to provide care. As Cerner’s foundation, First Hand is committed to supporting COVID-19 relief efforts in the areas where Cerner associates live and work.

Our relief efforts are driven by the heart and soul of our foundation – Cerner associates.

Feeding the Front Lines

Cerner and First Hand have launched Feeding the Front Lines to show support for the healthcare professionals and first responders who are working around the clock to care for patients and save lives.

In U.S. communities with Cerner campuses, we are providing delicious meals to essential workers like a hospital’s entire shift, firefighters or other first responders. And, we’re partnering with local restaurants to help bolster their businesses in this tough economy. Learn more about this initiative at Feeding the Front Lines KC and Feeding the Front Lines Malvern.

First Hand is proud to support the following U.S. initiatives:

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund – providing immediate relief and recovery funds for the human service needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chester County Community COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund – supporting flexible funding for non-profits, with particular focus on providing basic needs such as food, access to healthcare and financial stability to residents Malvern, PA and the surrounding area.

Kansas City Police Department’s Social Work Department – supported Cerner and Company Kitchen’s effort to provide meals for more than 420 people in the Kansas City area.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City  – Serving children and families in need by providing meals, virtual and in-person continued education and healthy lifestyle activities and access to an onsite healthcare professional.

KC Care Health Center  – Aiding those who test positive for COVID-19 with insurance navigation and access to state funding such as unemployment, food stamps and child care subsidies.

ReDiscover Mental Health Services  – Providing comprehensive programs and services for those affected by mental illness and substance use disorders with in-person and telehealth appointments to provide services and coordinate the required care.

First Hand is proud to support the following initiatives around the world:

North Paddington Food Bank, United Kingdom – supporting the rising number of people impacted by school closings, reduced opportunities to work and other difficult circumstances brought about by the pandemic.

Karnataka Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, India – assisting nearly 900,000 students and staff with needed sanitation products in advance of college entrance exams, despite the country wide shut down.

Project HOPE – delivering millions of masks and other protective equipment to those at the forefront of the pandemic in the U.S., China and around the world.

Variety Australia – providing support to children and their families with special medical equipment and supplies.

With more community outreach efforts in motion worldwide, First Hand will continue to support COVID-19 relief and recovery initiatives. Please watch this page for updates.