A Series of Webinars on COVID-19 and Voting in Missouri
With the support of the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Voter Access and Engagement initiative at the Center for Social Development will convene national and regional experts for a series of virtual conversations about voting in Missouri during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will address the expansion of the voting law in Missouri for 2020. Topics will include protecting the right to vote, mail-in voting, other strategies for voting safely, and what to expect if voting in person. The series will highlight issues critical to voting during a health crisis and point to long-term strategies for inclusive democracy during elections.
Date: June 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar
Text, Talk, Act uses text messaging to deliver content and information to our nation’s youth through their cell phones. Launching on May 7th, and continuing throughout the month of May, teens text APA to 89800 to engage in an activity around mental health.
Teens will learn about how to take care of their mental health, especially in light of challenges related to COVID-19, and how to reach out to their parents/guardians to start a conversation around mental health.
The text messages include polling questions, discussion questions, videos and social media interactions. The activity takes 45 minutes and culminates in building the skills needed to hold an effective conversation with their parents on the topic of mental health.
State and Municipal Resources
Missouri COVID-19 24-hour hotline: 877-435-8411
St. Louis City COVID-19 Information and Resources: includes economic and small business assistance
St. Louis County Services and Resources during the crises: includes food, utility and mental health
Resources for People with Disabilities
Starkloff Disability Institute: Provides resources for low-cost Internet access, youth education and meal plan handout locations, adult education, virtual recreation, and employment and instructions on how to file for unemployment insurance
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: comprehensive list of how Missouri providers are ensuring continuity of service to our communities during this time of need
Charter Communications: Offering free access to spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi for families with school-aged children
Ameren: Suspending all disconnections for non-payment and forgiving late payment fees for residential and business customers
Spire: Suspending all disconnections and late fees until May 1, 2020, and providing energy relief for homes and small businesses that need help
Missouri American Water: Suspending disconnects and reconnecting those who are currently shut off
Behavioral and Mental Health Resources
Behavioral Health Response Hotline: 314-469-6644 / 800-811-4760
Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Disaster/Distress hotline (800/985-5990 / Text: “TalkWithUs” to 66746): Provides immediate counseling to anyone who needs help dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic incident. This is a free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service
Community Resource Hubs
Beyond Housing’s 24:1 Community hub: For all coronavirus-related community news and resources
Prepare STL: A collaborative campaign powered by the Missouri Foundation for Health, Regional Health Commission, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and other community health organizations
STL Response: A comprehensive, crowd-sourced dashboard for regional COVID-19 resources and news
WEPOWER: WEPOWER has teamed up with local organizations Arch City Defenders and Clark-Fox Family Foundation to share resources and updates as families across St. Louis navigate COVID-19
United Way 2-1-1: COVID-19 Where to Turn: United Way is a comprehensive dashboard of federal, state and community agencies providing assistance in all or parts of Missouri and Illinois
#314Together: Facebook group for sharing resources, support and rallying together
COVID-19 Testing Sites
St. Louis/ Metro East regional testing sites: KMOV4’s list of the COVID-19 testing sites in the St. Louis metro area (updated April 13, 2020)
Missouri Testing Sites: For a list of Missouri testing sites. Many sites still require physician orders or evaluation before testing is approved.
St. Louis County COVID-19 Dashboard: includes information on disease surveillance, cases by zip, maps, testing locations, and much more.
PrepareSTL is a collaborative campaign powered by the Missouri Foundation for Health in partnership with the Regional Health Commission, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and other community health organizations to help prepare all St. Louisans for the effects of the COVID-19 response, how to stop its spread, and how to survive the pandemic physically, emotionally and economically. The site is regularly updated with community resources and updates.
The AHA has created a comprehensive list of resources to help community members stay well amid rapid changes to daily life:
- Resources to maintain healthy lifestyle amidst COVID-19 outbreak
- Working out while staying safe during the coronavirus outbreak
- If you hunker down against coronavirus, don’t stop reaching out, experts say
- Coronavirus safety tips (video)
- School meal to continue during-coronavirus-closures
- CPR information during COVID-19
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