St Catharines university students help public health set up COVID website and clinics

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It’s not unusual for Brock University students in St Catharines to assist local health boards.

In fact, traditionally, it’s how students in the Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program (I-EQUIP) finish their second semester.

But when their Associate Professor of Health Science Madelyn Law suggested to them a potential life-saving project during a Zoom class at the beginning of the winter semester, the students responded in a big way.

They helped the Niagara Region Public Health (NRPH) set up the online booking website for COVID vaccines.

According to the campus newspaper, The Brock News, the NRHS reached out, saying they could use a little help designing and creating the website and the students responded enthusiastically, using their skills to do precisely that.

The students also helped coordinate the 11 clinics now set up in the region by actually pulling up blueprints of the clinics’ sites and figuring out the most efficient and effective traffic flow.

And since COVID vaccinations have opened up so that many in the region are lining up for their second shots, it’s not unusual to find a number of Brock Medical students personally assisting in the area’s clinics.

The NRPH was so appreciative of their assistance that they issued a release, lauding the work of Law and her I-EQUIP students.

Citing their efforts as “invaluable,” the NRPH went on to note, “The (I-EQUIP) students were responsible for much of the initial planning, clinic design work and flow monitoring for each of Niagara’s Covid-19 vaccination clinics. The students’ involvement was a major part of why we were able to activate 11 different clinic locations in such a short period of time.

The NRPH then added more praise.

“The students were true ambassadors for Brock University, demonstrating a high degree of knowledge and commitment throughout. Many elected to volunteer in the clinics after their student placements ended, further demonstrating their desire to give back to the community.”

Photo provided by Brock University

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