–March 30, 2020, 12:15 pm
Greetings Health Brigade volunteers!
Welcome to a COVID-19 update. No doubt you are being inundated with similar messages from other organizations and institutions at this time so we will try to keep this brief but informative.
Each week we will try to provide you with current information regarding Health Brigade’s response to the Coronavirus situation as it relates to our organization and how volunteers are impacted.
- Health Brigade is implementing a new phone system and secure virtual meeting platform. We are ensuring that all staff members are fully online before including others. So far so good, as various departments and offices have begun regular meetings virtually.
- Medical Clinic and Mental Health and Wellness staff are being trained and are beginning to use telehealth for client/patient sessions.
- We know that so many of our volunteers are eager and willing to help for which we are deeply grateful. We are equally eager to avail ourselves of your services but need to do so prudently and wisely. Those volunteers that are able to be utilized at this time are being contacted personally and directly by supervisors.
- Patient care comes first so please know that we are doing all we can to make sure patients are still receiving necessary medications and referrals when the need is critical.
Until such time as we are able to resume a “new normal” at Health Brigade, we offer you resources that may prove helpful:
www.vamrc.org/vvhs is for medical and support volunteers who desire to support public health emergencies
COVID TEXT ASSIST.provides you information about a text/phone platform that high risk people can use if they need groceries or prescriptions from the pharmacy
Lastly, I thought you might like this 10 min. video by one of our former MH INTERNS who is currently a therapist in NC! You do not need FB to view it.
Stay safe, keep calm, and know that physical distancing does not keep us from staying connected.
With deep and continued gratitude for your care, compassion, and support.
Anne Gibbons, Volunteer Program Manager