COVID-19 Regional Response Team Forms to Meet Social Needs

The COVID-19 Regional Response Team seeks to build on the experience of organizations skilled in crisis response to create a centralized, regional system of response to meet social needs for the bi-state area. Specifically, the team is focusing on the City of St. Louis, St. Charles and St. Louis Counties in Missouri, and St. Clair and Madison Counties in Illinois.

Led by Jason Purnell, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and Director of Health Equity Works, the COVID-19 Regional Response Team has four goals:

  1. Identify and prioritize the critical needs of vulnerable populations.
  2. Share effective solutions and approaches between providers in different areas of need.
  3. Deploy critical resources in an efficient and coordinated manner.
  4. Highlight needs and opportunities to funders, decision makers, and the broader community.

Social needs will be addressed by teams across six clustered areas of coordination.

  • Food, housing, and basic needs
  • Physical and behavioral health
  • Children and education
  • Employment
  • Justice and legal supports
  • Services for older adults and people with disabilities

Aging network organizations have been actively adjusting their services to continue supporting their current clients and expand to serving other older adults in need. St. Louis City Senior Fund staff have been participating in the response team, as well as other efforts, to make sure these organizations receive the support they need to best serve older St. Louis City residents, and other older adults in the region.

To learn more about the COVID-19 Regional Response Team, go to:

For St. Louis City residents who have Covid-19 related questions or need assistance, call the City of St. Louis Department of Health at (314) 657-1499.

Additional Information
City of St. Louis Covid-19 Webpage
Prepare STL
STL Response: Covid-19 Resource Dashboard