Heather Nesle, president of the New York Life Foundation joins Michael Osterholm, PhD, a member of President Joe Biden’s Coronavirus Task Force, to discuss the Brave of Heart Fund (BoHF) and the Frontline Families Fund, two efforts that offer financial support to the families of healthcare workers who lost their lives to COVID-19 and the importance of remembering their stories on the American Medical Association's COVID-19 Update.

“Healthcare workers were essentially the firefighters of COVID. They were going into the burning building every day. And we felt like the company needed to do something for those families who gave the greatest sacrifice. In return, we built a program that would offer financial support through grants to help those families,” said Heather Nesle, president of the New York Life Foundation.

“Healthcare workers were essentially the firefighters of COVID. They were going into the burning building every day. And we felt like the company needed to do something for those families who gave the greatest sacrifice." - Heather Nesle, president of the New York Life Foundation.

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Inspiration

• New York Life, through its foundation, helped to create the BoHF, administered by E4E Relief, because part of honoring these heroes is by supporting the families that they've left behind, the company was in a solid financial position when the pandemic hit and, finally, New York Life is in the business of providing valuable life insurance benefits  to families who have lost a loved one every day through our Foundation’s programs like the Brave of Heart Fund, so the company was uniquely suited to help their families.   Watch the episode.
 

BoHF - one year later

• Now that the BoHF has been up and running for almost a year, the New York Life Foundation’s key job is to find more families to help. 

• The BoHF has received nearly 600 applications and approximately 350 unique families who've applied for support but there is likely close to 4,000 healthcare workers who have died from the pandemic and that could be a low estimate.

• The Fund has dispersed $11.5 million in grants.  Watch the episode.
 

Health equity

• The issue of health equity has been front and center in this pandemic with a disproportionate impact on marginalized communities, which is reflected in the BoHF data.

• Eighty-three percent of the healthcare workers who've died were the single or primary breadwinner for their families.

• Seventy percent of the applicants make less than $50,000 a year.

• More than 75 percent of our grantees identify as nonwhite.  Watch the episode.


How to apply for grants

  • Braveofheartfund.com is the main resource and it’s where the families of healthcare workers and volunteers that died of COVID-19 should go to begin the verification process. Families will be walked through the process to make sure that they are eligible to apply for the two different grants offered.


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Lacey Siegel
New York Life Insurance Company
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Lacey_S_Siegel@newyorklife.com

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