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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

Staten Island: Our partners at Project Hospitality along with Super Health Pharmacy are hosting a FREE vaccination event next Tuesday, December 13th from 2:30p - 6p at El Centro del Inmigrante. The Monkeypox (MPV) vaccine as well as Covid-19 boosters will be available. For more info on whether vaccination is right for you, visit

If you start experiencing MPV symptoms, even if they are mild, talk to your health care provider immediately. A provider can check your symptoms and order testing. People with HIV or other conditions that weaken the immune system are more likely to get severely sick from monkeypox (MPV). If you have one of these conditions and MPV symptoms, see a provider right away. Learn more about what to do when sick at:

Please circulate and utilize an important resource established by the National Institute of Health to help track COVID-19 cases: COVID-19 testing remains an essential tool as the United States heads into the holiday season and people navigate respiratory viruses. While taking a rapid COVID-19 test has become commonplace, test results are not often reported. COVID-19 test results provide valuable data that public health departments can use to assess the needs and modify the responses in the local community, the state or the nation. Read more:,%2Dhome%20COVID%2D19%20test. #SIStayStrongStaySafe

As the final video short in SI COAD's series of videos highlighting work on the Vaccine Equity Partner Engagement program, we share Dr. Mayank A. Parikh's COVID Story. When COVID-19 hit our community, Super Health Pharmacy started off by donating hand sanitizer to first responders. While collaborating with Cut Red Tape for Heros, they have donated over 1,000,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). With the support of pharmacists, nurses, student pharmacists, and practitioners they were able to collectively administer greater than 30,000 COVID-19 vaccines and administer over 100,000 COVID-19 tests. It is important to get your COVID-19 vaccine because it prevents serious illnesses and hospitalizations and it protects your loved ones. Act now as it may take a couple of weeks to be fully effective. The vaccine is free, safe, and effective side effects are usually mild. Watch Dr. Mayank A. Parikh's COVID Story Here:


Did you get your first dose of the monkeypox (MPV) vaccine, but haven't returned yet for a second dose? You should get a second dose even if you got your first dose subcutaneously. Everyone needs two doses to be fully protected! Learn more at and find a provider at

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

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