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  • As we head into cold and flu season please note there has been an unusually high number of flu cases. The NYC Vaccine Finder is a great tool for finding locations that provide vaccinations for COVID-19, MPV, and the flu! Visit to schedule your vaccine!
  • SI COAD continues to distribute PPE (masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes) and rapid test kits. While you prepare to gather with loved ones for fall and winter holidays, be sure to take extra precautions to avoid potential spread of COVID. Be sure to test regularly. Email to inquire about free PPE and test kits.

IMPORTANT: Stay Informed– Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Nonprofit Staten Island and our Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) coalition have been actively following the updates and information coming out about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our communities.  We are in close communication with our partners at the NYC Department of Health and NYC Emergency Management. Please see our homepage and COVID-19 News & Resources page for the latest information, as well as tips and guidance for preparing, communicating and staying safe and healthy. The best sources of information remain the NYC Department of Health Coronavirus page and Centers for Disease Control(CDC). As the situation is rapidly evolving, you may check those sites frequently for updated guidelines, communications and resources.

We will continue to share information here, in the Nonprofit Staten Island Newsletter Here, as well as via the Staten Island Nonprofit Facebook page and COAD Facebook page. If you haven’t already, please also sign up for our SI COAD listserv to stay informed.

See our News Page for the latest press on our efforts. 

To learn more about the SI COAD’s and its Medical Ecosystem COVID-19 response, see here.

Current Projects

Vaccine Equity Partner Engagement (VEPE) Project 

In partnership with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Fund for Public Health (FPH) NYC, and in collaboration with key partners in our borough, SI COAD is continuing to respond to COVID-19 through the Vaccine Equity Partner Engagement (VEPE) Project. Organizational partners in this work include: Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Super Health Pharmacy, and the Pediatric Disaster Coalition. 

MPV (Monkeypox) Awareness and Prevention Project (MAPP)

In partnership with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and in collaboration with key partners in our borough, SI COAD has responded to an emergency call to action in spreading awareness of and preventing the spread of MPV (otherwise known as Monkeypox). SI COAD has partnered with Project Hospitality and Super Health Pharmacy to respond urgently to the epidemic threat within our borough. 

Strengthening Communities Through Recovery (SCTR) 

SI COAD is working on a multi-year project with New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) to develop an Emergency Response Plan (ERP), a coalition resource directory, and a resource map to better prepare Staten Island and our communities for emergencies and disasters of all kinds.

SI COAD Test Kit and PPE Distribution

SI COAD has partnered with NYC Health and Hospitals (H+H) and community partner Hope Home Care to launch an improved version of our PPE and test kit distribution program. Our most recent partnership with Hope Home Care has allowed SI COAD to receive PPE and test kits through NYC H+H and store and distribute these vital supplies through Hope Home Care’s office at 26 Dumont Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305. PPE distribution is available every Tuesday and Friday from 10:00AM-4:00PM. We ask that all organizations seeking PPE email ahead of time with a request for supplies. Supplies distributed include rapid self-test kits, KN95 masks, 8 oz hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and relevant handouts/flyers.

Other SI COAD Key Projects / Initiatives


Outreach: Resource Guide, Self-Care, Family Ready Day

Communications: Listserv, Facebook page, Staten Island Nonprofit Newsletter

Future Planning: Member Survey to inform future priorities and programs

Printable brochure available here

The Medical Ecosystem(MES)

The Medical Ecosystem (MES), a subcommittee of the SI COAD, comprises the borough’s medical service providers, who will also provide assistance during a large-scale community disaster. Members include local hospitals, physicians, mental health service providers, EMS providers & senior assisted living centers.


Want to better prepare your organization for disasters and/or emergencies, be it an act of nature or man-made? Learn and exchange resources and ideas at Staten Island Nonprofit COAD coalition meetings. COAD meetings and events are open to Staten Island Nonprofit members and SI nonprofits at no cost. Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD), a coalition managed by the Nonprofit Staten Island (Staten Island Nonprofit), facilitates learning, networking and communication among coalition participants, and serves as a resource in emergency preparedness and/or disaster response for our local community-based organizations. Come to the next monthly meeting and “Like” SI COAD on Facebook. To sign up for COAD listserv communications, complete this form or contact  Also, sign up for NYC Notify, the official source for information about emergency events and important city services.

The SI COAD acknowledges support of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Staten Island Foundation, and Lyrasis, as well as discretionary funding from our Staten Island City Council Members and the Office of the the Staten Island Borough President, for its activities and programming.

What’s Going On With the SI COAD

Unvaccinated New Yorkers are currently more than 6 times as likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 than those who are vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines continue to protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death. Get your COVID-19 vaccine today: #SIStayStrongStaySafe

RSV, flu and COVID-19 activity are increasing in NYC. Infants, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk of getting severely sick. If you have symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as cough or congestion, contact your health care provider: Remember, stay up to date with your bivalent boosters if you haven't done so already! #SIStayStrongStaySafe

Be sure to take proper precautions when gathering for the holidays! Get the new bivalent booster for added protection from severe infection. #SIStayStrongStaySafe

The JYNNEOS vaccine is recommended for people who may have recently been exposed to monkeypox (MPV) or may be in the future. So, how does the vaccine work? And how many doses do you need? Learn more, including about vaccine eligibility and where to get vaccinated by visiting and take a look at this handy PDF of Frequently Asked Questions by NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:

Hey Staten Island! Get your bivalent COVID-19 boosters for safer holidays. Get your booster TODAY at #SIStayStrongStaySafe

Past Projects

For more information:

Frank Blancero

COAD Program Director, Staten Island Nonprofit

COAD Co-chairs: 

Shirley Dunn, MPA
Director of Quality Assurance & Corporate Compliance Officer, Eden II

Joseph Tornello, LCSW
President/CEO, Meals on Wheels of Staten Island

MES Co-chairs:

Trientina Campbell
Director of Environmental Safety/EPC, Richmond University Medical Center

Ginny Mantello, MD
Director, Health and Wellness, Office of the Staten Island
Borough President