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Dear colleagues and friends:

If 2020 has taught us one thing, it’s the importance of preparedness.  In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the preparedness and agility of our health care system was tested in a way that it hasn’t been in over 100 years.  The pandemic reached every corner of the globe, touching and altering the lives in every community.  People were asked to abandon their daily lives, their birthdays and holidays, and many of their support systems to stay home.  Front line and health care workers had to make the impossible decision of continuing their work in the face of this crisis, without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), risking their own lives to help others.  And businesses and organizations were forced to re-imagine the way they conduct their daily activities while never forgoing the vital services they provide for the community.

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Kennedy Community Health) rose to this challenge.  While it would be difficult to say that any of us were “prepared” to take on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kennedy Community Health team demonstrated its resilience and agility to take on this difficult situation, while never faltering in the quality or compassion of its care.  But if we have learned anything from the past, our job here is not done.  As we approach the late fall and winter months, the first flu season with COVID-19 in our midst, the Kennedy Community Health team is actively preparing for what’s to come and our work cannot done alone.

It was Mahatma Ghandi who said, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members,” and the same is true of a community. We saw the Central Mass and MetroWest communities come together in this pandemic, and as we’ve experienced first-hand, together is the only way we can be successful.  As a provider of accessible, inclusive, and comprehensive health care, Kennedy Community Health’s goal in this crisis is to ensure that the most vulnerable and disenfranchised in our communities have access to vital health services in their time of greatest need. 

We are asking for your help.  Your contribution of $25, $50, $100 would make all the difference in helping Kennedy Community Health prepare to take on this wave of the virus with the same grit and dedication as we did in the first phase.  Your contribution will help to ensure that our staff, our health care heroes, who are showing up every day on the front lines of this pandemic have access to life-saving PPE, even when supply chains are stressed.  It helps to ensure that our team has the resources to provide our highest risk patients with the home-health screening tools they need to stay healthy, while keeping them safe at home.  And it helps to ensure that Kennedy Community Health stays agile and well-resourced to quickly and effectively respond to changing community need.

Each one of us plays an important role in the COVID-19 pandemic.  We thank you for your support and partnership.

In health,

Steve Kerrigan