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Act Now To Build on Your Culture of Caring

This year at our annual conference we learned that employees who feel cared about are more engaged and productive. As you continue to build your culture of caring, connecting employees with resources to meet their social needs, such as WIC, as well as community needs, such as Vitalant (formerly LifeBlood) is critical, especially during COVID-19. 

WIC Could Be Right for Your Employees

The economic consequences of restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have, undoubtedly, touched many of your employees. Even if they continue to work, their family income may have been negatively impacted resulting in social needs they have not had before. In Tennessee we know that COVID-19 has created an urgent need to connect pregnant and post-partum women, nursing mothers, and at-risk children until their 5th birtday to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). A statewide campaign to increase awareness and enrollment has just started and MBGH has joined the effort! Eligibility for WIC is based upon proof of family size, children’s ages, proof of pregnancy (if applicable), and income. For example, income eligibility for a family of four is $48,470. This program may be especially applicable to part-time employees who have limited other family income.  Employees can learn more and complete a pre-screening tool to see if they are eligible at https://wic.coalition.health/. Healthy nutrition feeds the body, cognitive development, and soul and helps prevent obesity and other chronic conditions! Help your employees and their families in need get connected so they can thrive!

The Silent COVID-19 Crisis: Our Blood Supply

Did you know that every unit of blood saves 3 lives? Historically, in normal years, Memphians donated  50,000+ units of blood annually.  Today, Vitalant (formerly LifeBlood) collects a little more than 20,000 units a year.  That's 10,000 fewer lives saved by Memphis donors! As a result, Vitalant imports more than 50% of the blood we need (which cost more and is only available if other communities don't need it) from other Vitalant regions in MS, LA, TX, AZ and NM. Capacity restrictions; fewer mobile blood drives (did you know mobile drives  account for 60% of collections?) because many employees are working from home and students are virtual vs. on campus (did you know 30% of collections come from high school and college students?); as well as concern over contracting COVID-19 in medical settings, have only exacerbated an already fragile blood supply in Memphis. Even in COVID-19 you can sponsor a much needed blood drive: either at one of 5 collection centers or even at the worksite. Vitalant can work with you to design and implement a safe worksite blood drive or if you decide to use their locations, can track employee participation and provide you with the results per drive, per quarter, and/or per year.  People can donate blood every 56 days, so employers can even schedule drives 4-6 times a year (which is turnkey when using the Vitalant locations)! Always remember that you may be saving the lives of your employees and/or their families by working with Vitalant to increase collections. Contact David Williams at DWilliams3@vitalant.org to explore partnerships and Lawren Bogard at LBogard@vitalant.org for scheduling a blood drive.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 6:12 PM

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