SPHHP students are applying their learning and research during the pandemic, which has offered them an unexpected learning environment in real time.
MPH students at SPHHP have been helping local health departments across the state respond to the COVID-19 crisis with since March. Students Arline Matias, Rebecca Hoelzl, Madeline Toczek and Justin Rokisky, Jr., are working with five county health departments that span the western region of the state, all the way to Long Island. They’re completing epidemiologic summaries, arranging for COVID-19 testing, placing and monitoring individuals in quarantine or isolation, and communicating state and federal guidance to providers and the public.
Occupational therapy students broke out the sewing machines, making masks and donating them to group homes, corrections officers, grocery store workers and mental health associations. Notes included with the masks thanked essential workers for their service.
In addition, OT students in the Class of 2021 created a series of activities for children to continue to work on developing their skills while schooling at home. They presented the activities in a series of easy-to-understand videos.