Sometimes the best response is silence.
That’s the approach we have taken on our blog since the onset of the pandemic. In mid-March, we suspended posting anything not related to timely COVID-19 and policy-related communications.
Normally, our blog features a healthy mixture of posts from grantees, community partners, and our associates. It’s May so our blog schedule, which was sketched out in January, was supposed to feature National Bike Month (still happening, by the way), farmers markets, an update on KanCare expansion (not likely to happen this session), and best practices and lessons our associates gleaned during the 2020 GEO National Conference (canceled).
We are always sensitive to the workload our partners face, but also want to balance that with optional opportunities to share your stories and successes.
Obviously none of those posts happened. Like every organization, we had to pivot to what’s most important: addressing the impact of the pandemic immediately. Here are some of the ways we’ve done that.
When we suspended our blog activity, it was for two main reasons:
- We were sensitive to creating a situation where we shared non-pandemic information that would distract from more important, critical updates about COVID-19.
- We didn’t want to resume regular blogger outreach to grantees and community partners who might be overwhelmed with new procedures for services and facing an influx of clients in need. We are always sensitive to the workload our partners face, but also want to balance that with optional opportunities to share your stories and successes. Publishing your posts on our blog is simply another way we can help share the work you’re doing in the community.
However, after two months, living with this uncertainty is beginning to feel like the new normal. And with that in mind, we would like to invite you — if you have the time and interest — to contact us about your new normal in the midst of a pandemic.
So we are asking you: what are your COVID-19 stories? How has the pandemic impacted your organization and your clients? How are you coping?
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Read how these community partners have responded to the pandemic: