Conversations with GIA: COVID-19 and Rural America: How Can Philanthropy Respond?

Host Organization: Grantmakers in Aging


During this time of tumultuous change due to COVID-19, our attention has often turned to the places which the crisis first appeared: urban hospitals. Lost in most of the news coverage has been the growing impact on rural areas of the United States. Rural America is older and has a more fragile health delivery system, including aging services. The impact of the virus may be eventually be even more dramatic than in urban areas, especially for older persons. Join us for this important and timely webinar, which will feature: a national overview of how philanthropy in rural America is reacting to COVID-19 with new initiatives and more flexible processes; a report from a regional funder in central Texas on their role in rapidly expanding and coordinating local resources in a rural county to meet the needs of older people; and the impact of the new, more flexible regulations for telemedicine during the emergency and the implication for rural areas being able to provide expanded services.


  • Allen Smart, Advisor to Philanthropy at PhilanthropywoRx
  • Abena Asante, Senior Program Officer, St. David's Foundation
  • Debbie Bresette, Executive Director, Bastrop County Cares
  • Dr. Daren Anderson, VP/Chief Quality Officer, Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Moderated by John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging

Thank you to The John A. Hartford Foundation for supporting this webinar.

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