Stepping Up: School Of Pharmacy COVID-19 Testing Volunteers

COVID TestingThroughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the collaboration has worked to mend health inequities that exist in Black and underserved communities. Data on the national and local level has shown that Black Americans are hospitalized and die from COVID-19 at a higher rate than white Americans.

The team includes pharmacy professors Dr. Elizabeth Bunk, Dr. Jennifer Elliott, Dr. Marc Harold, Dr. Bob Laux, Dr. Autumn Stewart-Lynch, Dr. Becky Schoen, Dr. Amanda Shaver and Dr. Kevin Tidgewell as well as Amy Stroyne, assistant to the dean for research and graduate programs.

"Given our health care expertise and existing relationships in these communities and with the health centers, it was a natural fit for us to help," said Elliott, associate professor of pharmacy practice. "Many people in these communities face multiple barriers to health care; we are committed to meeting residents where they are and connecting them to needed services."

As part of the effort, Duquesne volunteers recommend COVID-19 prevention strategies to patients and community members, and educate patients on administering oral self-swab tests and the importance of post follow-up care.

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