2020 Covid Response Grants - Kansas City, MO

Grantee Organization: Alive and Well Communities

Alive and Well Communities (AWC) has been operating in Kansas City since 2018 with support from the Health Forward Foundation and REACH Health Care Foundation. Their mission is to “activate communities to heal.” They do this together with communities by: elevating community wisdom centering those who have experienced trauma as leaders of the work; disrupting systemic oppression and responding to the impact of historical trauma; acting with urgency, not waiting for another day or generation; and leading innovative solutions based on the science of trauma, toxic stress, and resiliency.

With support from Convergence Partnership, AWC is building a coalition of up to four lead organizations and up to 10 other individuals focused on advocating for policies that prioritize Black and Brown residents of the Kansas City area; developing guidance for local policymakers about how resources should be allocated for equitable Covid response and recovery that prioritizes Black and Brown residents; amplifying stories from Black and Brown residents about the trauma and impact of Covid-19 and how structural inequities have amplified the impact; and providing policy trainings to community members.