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Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Launches ‘Support Our Schools’ to Meet COVID-19 Challenges

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Launches ‘Support Our Schools’ to Meet COVID-19 Challenges

PR Newswire

NUTLEY, N.J., Oct. 19, 2020

School’s Human Dimension Program will complement health network’s ‘Reopening America’ Program

NUTLEY, N.J., Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine is pleased to announce a new program to assist schools in getting their academic year started more effectively, amid the challenges of COVID-19.

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine (PRNewsfoto/Hackensack Meridian Health)
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine (PRNewsfoto/Hackensack Meridian Health)

In June, Hackensack Meridian Health launched the Reopening America: Hackensack Meridian¬†Health‘s Assist Program, which helps business owners and schools navigate the COVID-19 crisis and create a safe work environment for employees, customers and students. The program is tailored to meet the needs of any organization by offering three tiers of solutions that can fit any type, size and scale of business. These tiers include a hotline resource, weekly newsletter, on-site visits, and policy reviews and endorsement, among other benefits.

Hackensack Meridian Health¬†and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine understand the many challenges that school districts are facing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This is why HMH has added on a new component to the “Reopening America: Hackensack Meridian Health’s Assist Program” called COVID SOS (Support Our Schools), an initiative developed by the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, as part of their Human Dimension Course Curriculum.

The new COVID SOS (Support Our Schools) initiative aims to provide expertise about opening, and opening safely, to select school districts in underserved communities that had previously partnered with the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine’s innovative Human Dimension program.

“The Human Dimension program allows our medical students to provide benefits to the individuals, families, and communities with whom they are partnering,” said Bonita Stanton, founding dean of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. “Even during a pandemic, learning must go on. By helping school districts get their classes up and running, our medical students are also learning valuable lessons themselves.”

“Our goal has always been to partner with communities and provide help wherever it is needed. This is a vital way we can help the most vulnerable in these uncertain times,” said Carmela Rocchetti, M.D., director of the Human Dimension. “Re-starting local education effectively and safely in these communities is crucial to recovery efforts.”

Each of the schools will be paired with a Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Support Our Schools Task Force which will consist of eight medical students supervised by one of the school’s faculty physicians. Each Task Force will be trained in the latest in COVID-19 research and developments. The members of each task force will meet with school leadership approximately once a month. In addition to a personalized task force, school districts will have access to the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Faculty COVID Advisory Board which will host weekly Q & A sessions in order to provide real time support, as well as weekly scientific updates, and a dedicated phone line to maintain contact and updates.

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