Community and Church Relations makes PPE donations to campus and New Orleans communities
Dillard University's Bleu Troop Public Health Ambassadors. Photo: Sabree Hill/Dillard
By Eddie Francis, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2, 2020
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dillard’s Office of Church and Community Relations (CCR) has made a mark on communities in New Orleans. CCR became the only local institution of higher learning on the Greater New Orleans Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster list. CCR was also named a Neighborhood Navigator by the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office in conjunction with Forward Together New Orleans to assist residents with questions pertaining to available COVID-19 resources. The office has continued to remain engaged with the New Orleanians and organizations in the community.
In September, the University received a donation of 200 Kinsa thermometers from Ochsner Health as part of a partnership to address COVID-19 in underserved communities as well as the campus community according to CCR’s director, Nick Harris. Ochsner Health representative Wesley Clay delivered the donation. “Many thanks to Dr. Yvens Laborde, Ochsner Health Medical Director for Global Health Education for partnering with (CCR) in our joint commitment to reduce health care disparities and improve health outcomes for at-risk communities,” said Harris. One community that will benefit from the donation is the Fischer Senior Citizen Housing Development in Algiers in addition to other churches and organizations throughout New Orleans.
Dillard’s Division of Student Success collaborated with CCR to launch the Bleu Troop Public Health Ambassador program to address questions regarding campus health and safety measures. The Bleu Troop has begun guiding the University community in practicing healthy behaviors to minimize the impact of COVID-19. A donation of hand sanitizers, digital thermometers and more than 600 face masks was made to the ambassadors. Noted Harris, “Campus safety is a priority for the entire Dillard community and that we will continue to connect the campus with external healthcare educational information and sponsors throughout this academic year.” CCR and the Bleu Troop will deliver thermometers to each academic unit.
The impact of COVID-19 at Dillard has been minimal according to the University’s September 29th update.
“Many thanks to Dr. Roland Bullard and Dr. Courtney Williams, Healthy Blue, Ochsner
Health and LSU Health and Science Center for their partnership,” said Harris.
Pictured: The Bleu Troop Public Health Ambassadors at Dillard's Office of Community and Church Relations