Guidance and Resources Related to COVID-19

January 04, 2021

We are living in a time when news changes quickly, and it is important to stay informed with accurate and unbiased information. The Foundation will continue to update this page with resources and relevant news throughout the pandemic.

Reliable sources of information

To find testing sites and filter by a variety of features, including whether free tests are available for children and uninsured individuals, visit

The CDC, MA Department of Public Health (sign up for text updates by texting COVIDMA to 888-777), and your local Public Health Department are all excellent resources.

The Foundation produces MetroWest-specific summaries of MA DPH's weekly reports. Find the latest data on the MetroWest COVID-19 Data Dashboard. For a report on how COVID19 impacted MetroWest in the initial months, see our Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on MetroWest (from July 2020)


    Behavioral Health

    • The Department of Mental Health put together some resources on maintaining emotional wellness as the pandemic and physical distancing continues. Tips for reducing stress and managing loneliness are included.
    • Find help for mental health and substance use needs from Network of Care Massachusetts. They have a COVID-19 Information Hub with information on accessing health insurance, food, support against violence, and other critical resources
    • From Shatterproof, a resource for those dealing with substance use: How to find a virtual recovery meeting
    • The #BetheDifference campaign from Mental Health First Aid, in addition to their other articles and updates, can help you and others cope with anxiety, depression, and other emotions
    • SPARK Kindness has published a number of resources, including some virtual events related to building resiliency for people of all ages
    Access to Healthcare
    • Health Care for All has information sheets in multiple languages for accessing prescription medications, navigating public charge amidst the pandemic, and other related topics
    • Massachusetts Immigration & Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) offers immigration-related, multilingual coronavirus resources
    • The Office of the Attorney General Maura Healey has made flyers in Portuguese, Spanish, and English to remind individuals of their right to health care regardless of immigration status
    General Resources
    • COVID-19 fact sheets are available in over 30 languages, reviewed and vetted by physicians and medical school faculty members at the Harvard hospitals via the COVID-19 Health Literacy Project
    • Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka has been providing updates on federal, state, and MetroWest resources and legislation related to the novel coronavirus

    Supporting Children and Families

    • The National Association of School Psychologists offers guidance on talking to children about COVID-19
    • Mental Health America created a "Back to School Toolkit" for students, parents, and school staff 
    • The American Academy of Pediatrics prepared guidance for pediatricians
    • Parents Helping Parents has a free hotline for parents to speak with counselors, 24/7: Call 800-632-8188
    • Handhold is a tool for parents or guardians of children to help assess the best way to support a child's wellbeing, created by MA Department of Mental Health, MA Office of the Child Advocate, and MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services

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