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Over the last few months, we have all seen the worsening of health disparities. While these disparities are being brought to light because of COVID, the systems-level and structural inequities far preceded the pandemic. The need for collective work to re-align our training institutions to meet the needs of society, toward a more just and equitable healthcare system for all, is an utmost priority. In this social mission COVID newsletter, during both Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage and Mental Health Awareness Month and National Nurses Week, we seek to feature inspiring responses to the inequities, vitriol, and fear surrounding COVID and to ensure that we continually advance social mission for the betterment of our communities.
The Beyond Flexner Alliance also wants to take this opportunity to highlight valuable resources for the emotional and spiritual health of all of our colleagues who are working in these unprecedented times. It has been a humbling experience for all of us, and we send our sincerest condolences to each and every one of you who has lost family or friends. May we continue to grow stronger as a social mission community and get through this together.
“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” - Octavia Butler
Beyond Flexner Alliance News
Social Mission Champion Spotlight
National Student Response Network (NSRN)
Julia Walczak is a fourth-year nursing student at Benedictine University IL, a 2019-2020 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellow (where she conducted a cancer prevention initiative in Chicago’s Polish community), and the National Nursing Coordinator for NSRN, where she is working to ensure that communities without medical schools, such as rural communities and reservations have access to support. [link to Blog]
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread and health professions training programs were virtualized, health professions students were sent home. We found ourselves displaced all across the nation, away from our institutions, eager to help but uncertain of how or where to best provide aid. Similarly, local public health departments, hospitals, and community organizations in need of assistance had no way of accessing this newly available volunteer pool. That is how the National Student Response Network came to be. We are a nationwide network of medical, nursing and physician assistant student volunteers ready to help with your institution’s needs.
National Student Response Network, a network of medical, nursing, and PA students working to support our communities through the challenges of COVID-19. We currently number 4788 and are working with public health departments, community organizations and hospitals nationally to pair capable and eager health professions students with organizations needing their help. We have students in every US state and are currently working on 61 unique tasks throughout the country.
Social Mission Champion Spotlight: Want to Share Your Innovative Work with the BFA Community?
The Beyond Flexner Alliance wants to highlight your work! We highlight individuals and projects that embody the Beyond Flexner Alliance goal of promoting a social mission in the health professions and want to share the different ways in which you are building equity in education, research, service, policy, and practice. To submit your project please complete this form.
Health Care Worker Mental Health Resources in honor of May Mental Health Awareness Month
Social Mission Highlights
REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER II & WILLIAM BARBER III