Weekly Address from Mary Faria - Fall Week 9

AOMA weekly updates (week of 11/9/20)

1. AOMA’s desire to combat racism and healthcare disparities –

- We will be doing a Q&A with Dr. Damon Tweedy of Duke Medical Center on Tuesday, Nov. 17. I think you’ll find his perspective on racism in Med Schools very thought provoking. Here is the link to his article that was published in the NY Times earlier this year. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/27/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-medicine-blackness.html?smid=em-share

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

- No new updates but thank you all for graciously complying with the current safety rules.

Key operational issues or updates

- Budget for 2021 is one of the major focuses. 2020 has been a tough year financially for the school with required closure of our Clinics then re-opening at limited capacity. We are considering some creative ideas that will help boost revenue in 2021. The good news is that our Learning Management System, Bright Space, will be invaluable to us as we continue to provide virtual offerings.

- A few months ago Chris Zaloga shared with us that she wanted to step down from her management role. We’ve been actively recruiting to find a good candidate to fill the role of manager of our south herbal medicine store. We think we have found the right candidate pending reference checks. Alicia Baxter is now the manager of our North store and is doing a great job!

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

- As I mentioned last week please don’t forget that AOMA has an agreement with the YWCA and Kaleidoscope for Counseling services at very reduced rates. For female Veteran’s services are free at YWCA. With the election, COVID and the normal stress with graduate school please take care of yourselves. There are many resources available to help!

- Our food pantry is still operating, so if you have a food need please don’t hesitate to utilize the pantry. Just call the Herbal Dispensary or Michael Jewell and make arrangements for pick-up.

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

With Love and Peace,


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