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Penn State Health launches Employee Special Assistance Fund to support staff affected by COVID-related financial hardship

Even as the COVID pandemic has had a dramatic effect on the world at large, so too has it presented many individuals with unanticipated financial strain. Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine leaders acknowledge the importance of financial health as one significant part of employee well-being.

Recently, the University created the Penn State Employee Special Assistance Fund and the Penn State Student Care & Advocacy Fund to support University employees and students in need of assistance due to COVID-related hardship. The Penn State Health Employee Special Assistance Fund is being established to support staff who are experiencing temporary hardship as a result of unforeseen circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund will provide limited financial assistance for employees who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses. All active, Penn State Health employees are eligible to apply for funds, and more details about the application process will be shared in the coming weeks.

Steve Massini, Penn State Health CEO, and Dr. Kevin Black, interim dean of the College of Medicine, have asked leaders of both organizations for their support by contributing to the new fund or the two Penn State funds. Both leaders have committed to providing generous support to these funds, and they are hopeful that other leaders will follow suit.

Stay tuned to the Daily Brief for more information about these funds and application process details.

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