Philanthropy Now podcast: Fighting health-related systemic disparities with the COVID-19 Black initiative

Welcome to the second episode in our SVCF Philanthropy Now podcast mini-series featuring conversations focused on Racial Equity and Social Justice with the members of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council. Listen to the last episode in the series here, and continue to subscribe to the podcast to hear future episodes.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation has continued to emphasize that COVID-19 has only exacerbated existing inequities, and we have seen that the COVID-19 death-rate among Black individuals is increasing at an alarming rate in our communities. André Chapman, Founder and CEO of UnityCare and member of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council, and Noha Aboaleta, CEO of Roots Community Health Center, join this episode to discuss COVID-19 BLACK, a regional initiative designed to address the public health crisis in the Black Community. In a conversation facilitated by SVCF’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Mauricio Palma, hear how the Black community has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, why such disparate health inequities exist and what COVID-19 BLACK is doing to make a difference.

In SVCF’s Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.


Mauricio Palma, SVCF's Director of Initiatives and Partnerships,
André V Chapman, Founder and CEO of UnityCare,
and Noha Aboaleta, CEO of Roots Community Health Center

What you will learn:

  • The systemic health and social inequities that contributed to health challenges in the Black community prior to COVID-19
  • How the pandemic has exacerbated these existing systemic racial inequities
  • The inception of the COVID-19 BLACK initiative and its four areas of focus for the Black community
  • Tangible actions the philanthropic community, government, and commerce can take to support Black-led organizations in the Bay Area

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