Weekly Address from Mary Faria: Fall Week 2

AOMA weekly updates (week of 9/21/20)

1. AOMA’s desire to combat racism –

- This week the class on racism and health disparities was kicked off. I attended and think it will be an outstanding class. Dr. Ortiz clearly has a wonderful way of teaching and facilitating discussion on a topic that is not easy to discuss. I look forward to seeing how the class progresses and how the training workshops for faculty and staff will soon develop.

2. Plans and issues related to COVID-19 crisis including clinic and campus re-openings

- At the Safety meeting this week, issues of students, staff and faculty who have children attending AISD, and Patient screening and screening tools and processes were discussed. The following was agreed:

1. Redefine the screening tools (student, staff and patient) to ensure they are clear and both specific(where that makes sense) and broad (where that makes sense) to mitigate risk as much as possible(recognizing it will be impossible to guarantee we will be risk free!).

2. Trust the procedures we have in place with screening, PPE and disinfecting.

3. We won’t treat parents of school children differently than we would any of our students, faculty or staff who have children at home, work in hospitals, have private practices, etc. In other words we go back to #2. We trust our procedures and maintain 200% accountability around our procedures.

3. Key operational issues or updates

- None at this time.

4. Important announcements or answers to questions sent in by students, faculty or staff

- The AOMA Womxn run the vote virtual relay team completed the 680 miles from Atlanta to Washington DC on Saturday! Among over 600 teams and 10,000 participants we ranked 36! The team did an awesome job! Please congratulate Kate Donelon (team captain) and others from AOMA who participated including me, Robin Banyasz, Diane Stanley, and Ashley Loyd. All money raised goes to the not for profit Black votes Matter.

- Please wish Dr. Mandyam well as he retires on September 30th!

- I participated on a panel discussion at the AACIPM(Alliance for the advancement of comprehensive integrative pain management.

AOMA was very much highlighted for our work with People’s Community Clinic but also for partnerships with other groups like the VA, Seton, local recovery centers and others.

Take care, stay safe and stay healthy (mind, body and spirit).

With Love and Peace,


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