N95 masks available, new address, charitable giving incentive
N95 masks available, new address, charitable giving incentive

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Weekly Update
Week of May 4

We Moved!

The Charitable Healthcare Network has officially moved out of our old office and into our new one! Thank you to everyone for being patient with us during the move and any delayed communications. We are still working remotely at this time and need to unpack many boxes, but we are excited for our new office space and can't wait to start using it! Please update our address in your contacts, we are now located at:
88 East Broad Street, Suite 1425
Columbus, OH 43215

COVID-19 Tip of the Week:

Recommendations for Water Supply Flushing When Reopening Buildings Under COVID-19 "Responsible RestartOhio" Plan
As buildings re-open under the "Responsible RestartOhio" plan that have had little to no water usage during the Stay at Home Order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to flush water that has been stagnant in both cold- and hot-water distribution lines and fixtures.  Low water usage can contribute to bacterial growth, including Legionella which can cause a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease. It can also cause other water quality issues with potential health risks due to the build-up of lead and copper in stagnant water that’s been collecting in older pipes and fixtures.   

As buildings reopen, it is critical to drain, flush, and if necessary based on a review of building conditions, disinfect the hot and cold-water systems to remove harmful contaminants. Devices that store water, such as drinking water fountains, water heaters, storage tanks, and any droplet or mist-forming devices such as cooling towers, humidifiers, showerheads, and certain medical and manufacturing devices and process equipment should also be flushed and disinfected in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations or industry best practices.

CHN Member Spotlight:

Community CareClinics
University of Toledo’s CommunityCare Clinics (CCC) is a student-run organization that operates three free clinics: a comprehensive healthcare clinic, a women’s health clinic, and a clinic for homeless patients. Since the establishment of their first clinic in 1993, CCC has provided underserved patients in the Toledo area with much-needed medical care while functioning as a training site for the next generation of physicians, pharmacists, and physician assistants. In 2019, CommunityCare Clinics saw 2521 patients over a total of 4468 visits! 

Community CareClinics staff and volunteers provide a variety of services free of charge, including: Primary Care, Physicals. Labs and Diagnostic Testing, Prescriptions, Chiropractic Car, Women’s Wellness Exams, HIV Testing and Counseling, Physical and Occupational Therap, Nutrition Counseling, Assistance with Health Insurance Enrollment.

CCC is focused on empowering underserved patients through education and patient-centered care. Many of their programs, including their smoking cessation program and nutrition counseling appointments, give patients the tools they need to make informed decisions about their health.

"Health does not exist in a vacuum. The patients we see at our clinic are a mix of their physical health, mental health, support system, housing situation, access to healthy food, access to a livable wage, education, culture, heritage, spirituality, and so much more. In medicine, it is our responsibility to care for the whole human, rather than just one or two of these parts that make up the whole. For years the CCC has been a place for student volunteers to learn about the interconnectedness of these various aspects of a person’s health."

FREE Face Shields + N95 Masks:

Let us know what you need
We are grateful for all of the support we have received in connecting our clinics to PPE supplies. We now have 3D printed face shields, 3D printed ear savers, AND N95 masks available. A big thank you goes out to Natalie Clark and Faceshields4Frontlines for 3D printing these resources for us. Another big thank you goes out to our very own board member Isi Green, Executive Director of Physicans CareConnection, for securing a large donation of N95 masks from Direct Relief for our membership. We are so very grateful for the wonderful support during these unprecedented times. If you are interested in receiving any of these resources for your organizations please fill out the survey in the link below. All PPE will be shipped directly to your clinic. Shipping may be covered by grant funds if we are approved for funding, if not, clinics will only need to pay shipping. 
Face Shield Request Form

A Charitable Giving Incentive

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This incentive includes a new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year.  The bill also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent. For corporations, the bill raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent. Food donations from corporations would be available to 25 percent, up from the current 15 percent cap.

Charitable Healthcare and COVID-19: a Weekly Discussion Group

The Charitable Healthcare Network is hosting a weekly virtual discussion group for Ohio's charitable healthcare organizations. Here we will check-in with one another as well as share resources and strategies on our approach to handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Meetings will be held Wednesdays from 11am-12pm. Download the minutes/ recording from this week's meeting below or register to join live!
Download the minutes from the April 29th meeting or watch the recording - with guest Nicole Lamoureux from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
Download the minutes from the May 6th meeting or watch the recording - with guest Heather Pennington from Franklin County Public Health
May 13th guest: Gabe Howard, mental health speaker, writer, & activist - keynote at the 2019 Safety-Net Symposium
Register for the COVID-19 Discussion Group
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