COVID-19: DONATE NOW to help our charities help the millions of Canadians who depend on them
- COVID-19 Updates - provided by Government of Canada
- Our member charities responses to COVID-19
- Information for Caregivers
- Mental Health
With increasing uncertainty around the impact of COVID-19, we’ve been monitoring the situation closely. At HealthPartners we are continuing our work while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our employees, our partners and the communities we work in. Please check this page regularly for updates.
- New report: COVID-19 packs a double whammy, hurting Canadians living with chronic disease -- and the health charities that serve them
- Statement by Eileen Dooley, CEO, HealthPartners, in response to the March 29, 2020 announcement by the Prime Minister
- We remain committed to supporting Canadians in the workplaces where we are engaged, including the Government of Canada, which represents our major source of fundraising via the Government of Canada’s Workplace Charitable Giving Campaign (GCWCC).
- We take this opportunity to thank our public servants for the important work they do every day, and especially in keeping our communities safe and healthy in times of crisis.
- We thank our member charities, our partners and the many caregivers in communities all over Canada who are helping the vulnerable. We are grateful for the dedicated medical workers who are helping during this unprecedented crisis
- Throughout this challenging time, we continue to work with our partners and especially our 16 member charities, among the most trusted in the country, which support the 87% of Canadians who will have a chronic disease or serious illness during their lifetime. Many of these Canadians are likely to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19, such as the elderly and the immune-compromised.
We are supporting the health and wellbeing of our community and partners by:
- Implementing remote working for all HealthPartners employees
- Suspending all travel
- Conducting all employee, Board of Director, and partner meetings virtually.
During this time, we will continue to support our partners and stakeholders. Please do not hesitate to reach out via email if assistance is required.
We thank you for your support and your own efforts to keep our community and our most vulnerable residents healthy and safe. As always, we accept donations through your workplace campaign, through Benevity if you have a user account through your workplace, and through direct donations on our website.
- Know the facts about coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- COVID-19: Outbreak update
- COVID-19: Being prepared
All of our members are providing valuable information and advice to the countless vulnerable Canadians who depend on them to help manage their chronic diseases and serious illnesses at regular times and especially during this pandemic.
- ALS Canada
- Arthritis Society
- Alzheimer Society of Canada
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Canadian Hemophilia Society
- Canadian Liver Foundation
- Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
- Cystic Fibrosis Canada
- Diabetes Canada
- Heart & Stroke
- Huntington Society of Canada
- Kidney Foundation
- The Lung Association
- Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
- Muscular Dystrophy Canada
- Parkinson Canada
At some point, 50% of Canadians will provide care to a family member or friend living with a chronic disease or an ageing-related condition. A majority of caregivers have multiple responsibilities and 25% of caregivers are sandwiched between caregiving and child-rearing. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, caregivers should have a contingency plan for delivering that care should they fall ill or require self-quarantine.
To ensure the continuity of care, as a caregiver you should:
- Expand your circle of care. Think about who can step in should you need help. Ask other trusted family members, friends or neighbours if they can provide back-up support should you become ill or need to self-quarantine.
- Document detailed instructions around the care that needs to be delivered. If you have someone coming in to provide care, make it very clear what needs to be done.
- Provide contact information for your doctors, clinic, pharmacy etc. List the names and doses of medications. Have enough medication for one or two weeks in case you cannot get to the pharmacy to refill prescriptions.
- Ensure all your medications have refills available, so you do not have to leave the house if you become ill.
- Explore what technology can be used to support someone you care for when you can’t be in the same place at the same time. Leveraging technology is also a good way to mitigate feelings of isolation. Use it to stay connected to friends, family and your community.
We encourage you to check in on people that you know are caring for another person. We can all play a role in supporting one another while this situation evolves.
It is vitally important to take care of our mental health during these stressful times. The Canadian Mental Health Association is providing tips and information to all Canadians:
Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help get Canadians back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues. Wellness Together Canada provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.