2VIDA! Tackles COVID Vaccine Hesitancy and Barriers in Latinx, Black Communities

UC San Diego is collaborating with San Ysidro Health on an NIH-funded outreach program to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Latinx and African American communities. The team runs pop-up vaccination sites across San Diego, and goes door-to-door to homes and local businesses to spread awareness.

Conrad Prebys Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Support UC San Diego Department of Music Outreach

The University of California San Diego Department of Music will expand its post-pandemic reach with support from a $500,000 grant from The Conrad Prebys Foundation. The grant, which contributes to the Campaign for UC San Diego, helps launch the department’s outreach to both regional audiences, and the international music community.

UH East Region Community Hospitals Collaborate with Greater Cleveland Food Bank to Provide Hunger-Free Holidays

University Hospitals (UH) east region community hospitals are collaborating with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to provide hunger-free holidays for families in need.

Donation boxes will be placed at UH Ahuja, Bedford, Conneaut, Geauga, Geneva, Portage and Richmond Medical Center entrances from December 1 through December 15. Caregivers can voluntarily bring non-perishable food items when they report to work, and UH EMS vehicles will be transporting donations to the food bank.

Because of COVID-19 precautions, community members who are not employees cannot enter the hospitals; however, to make donating easy for the community, UH and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank have developed a virtual food drive for monetary donations. Just one dollar can provide four nutritious meals, so donations of all sizes go a long way: www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/UH2020.

Free Digital Marketing Series from Maryland Smith Begins Sept. 30

Marketing professor Mary Harms will cover key digital marketing strategies and tactics to create awareness and the best consumer experience and to resonate with target audiences, in a three-part, free webinar series from the University of Maryland.

Robotic Cats Are ‘Purr-fect’ Companions for Seniors Isolated Due to COVID-19

Researchers provide the “purr-fect” solution to comfort and engage older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias (ADRD) during the pandemic – interactive robotic cats. Designed to respond to motion, touch and sound, these robotic pets offer an alternative to traditional pet therapy. Robotic pets are usually given to people with ADRD, but data has shown that using them to decrease social isolation for older adults is highly successful.

FAU Nurses Provide PPE for Homeless, Low Income Individuals During Pandemic

A team of FAU nurses is addressing the dire needs of a low income neighborhood in West Palm Beach by spearheading programs to provide lifesaving PPE such as face masks for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. People living in poverty as well as homeless individuals and those struggling with social determinants of health are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and dying from it.