Dear CSL Community:
The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly brought challenges to our ability to serve the community. But it also may be viewed as an opportunity, as it is putting a spotlight, for all to see, on the needs and disparities faced by our most vulnerable citizens.
The CSL program at UT Health San Antonio would like to offer the following thoughts and suggestions as we navigate our way through this public health crisis.
- Please consider using the phrase “physical distancing” rather than “social distancing”, as we are needing more than ever to increase social and emotional support for each other.
- Students, please follow the guidelines from your school regarding the activities you are allowed to engage in with patients and community members at this time. If you have any questions, please contact your school’s dean of student affairs.
- Consider creative ways to stay engaged with your community partners. Here are some suggestions:
- Have phone calls or virtual meetings with your community partner.
- Ask your community partner what they most need right now. They know their clients best and may want you to help them shift their focus to new priorities.
- Brainstorm creative ways to help, such as:
- Design health literate information and messaging on aspects of COVID-19.
- Here are some good websites to help: IHA Coronavirus (COVID 19) Resources AND The Conversation – COVID-19: a guide to good practice on keeping people well informed
- Offer to translate COVID-19 materials into other languages.
- Brainstorm creative fundraising efforts for organizations.
- Think of ways to provide virtual tutoring or recording book readings for kids.
- Review local websites for ideas on how help. For example: United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
- Mentors, here are some reflection questions pertaining to COVID-19 to use with your students. Please provide proper attribution when using the questions.
- Send us an email with your questions or suggestions: CSL@uthscsa.edu