Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation
Issue: 2020/10 - October
We can hardly believe it’s fall.
Breaking news is overflowing at the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation. In case you haven’t heard, we are funding a comprehensive weekly Covid-19 testing program for local schools, including Highlands School, Summit Charter School, and Blue Ridge School and Early College from September through December. This is a trail-blazing project for K-12 public schools anywhere in the country and it is extraordinarily good news for our Plateau community.
Testing for Covid-19 in schools is important not only for the safety of children and staff in school, but for the entire community. Children are not immune to Covid-19.
Attending school increases exposure risk to Covid-19 not only for children, but for all of us – school staff, their families, surrounding environments and the community at large, leading to potential outbreaks, clusters and community spread.
In keeping with our purpose to improve health and well-being, we’re aiming to protect our children and families by minimizing the risk of Covid-19 in our schools and thereby increase confidence for safe in-school learning.
In addition, keeping the risk of Covid-19 transmission low allows the economy to remain open, helps businesses thrive and allows people to remain employed.
Meanwhile, Blue Ridge Health and Mountain Area Health Education Center Rural Medicine Teaching Practice are at work searching for just-the-right-fit physicians to practice in our new Community Health Center on the Plateau.
Thanks to the generosity of people who live and love their neighbors on the Plateau, our Foundation’s annual grants programs are supporting local non-profits, impacting several thousand lives. As an independent public charity, we search for and support transformative solutions that will improve and sustain the health and well-being of our Plateau communities.
A heartfelt special thank you to all for your thoughtful contributions!