Weekly Address from Mary Faria: Winter Week 4

AOMA weekly updates (week of 1/18/21)

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

- We finalized the hiring of our new Sr. Director of Student Services, Dr. Dami Tokoya. Her role includes Diversity and Inclusion so she will be instrumental in advancing our efforts to combat racism and healthcare disparities. She begins work at AOMA 1/25/21 and will be at the Town Meeting on Tuesday, 1/26/21. Please join to meet her!

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

Just a reminder from last week:

-Vaccines are being offered by many providers in Austin. All students treating patients are eligible for the vaccine under the States 1A category. Austin Public Health (APH) is offering free vaccine. One must pre-register and then will be scheduled. There are no walk-ins, vaccine is by appointment only but hubs are being set up around the county.

Please see the M,W,F morning briefing minutes of the 1/18/21 and 1/20/21 for related links including a full listing of links where vaccine appointments can be made.

3. Key operational issues or updates

- There was a concern raised regarding a possible electrical issue in the wall of one of the student treatment rooms in the N. Clinic. Facilities checked it out and it was not the wall outlet or electrical wiring in the wall, but instead a faulty lamp cord that caused the problem. All is now resolved.

-Sounds of “critters” running in interior ceiling of classroom E3 and Library. This has been checked out by our pest control contractor; ABC Pest Control, and was apparently squirrels (who are quite active right now), it appears they were able to escape the inner roof as easily as they entered so there should not be an odor problem. All exterior ceilings were inspected and any possible entry points repaired. We will continue to monitor.

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

- Nothing at this time

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

With Love and Peace,


Got a question for Mary? Don’t hesitate to send her an email at mfaria@aoma.edu and you will receive a response in a timely fashion. If your question involves another department, we will make sure they receive the question and respond.

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