To turn this request into a reality, the OuTreach Team launched a social media fundraising initiative, raising over $4,000 in the first week.
“Everyone's generosity in these trying times is truly astonishing,” Francis said. The group has since raised over $5,000.
Using these donations, the OuTreach Team organized a lunch delivery to 21 OTs at Bellevue from their favorite local Greek restaurant. The group also collaborated with students and faculty throughout NYU OT to create an accompanying thank you video and compilation of digital cards for the OTs.
To show their appreciation, Bellevue’s OTs offered to schedule a virtual session to share their experiences working with COVID-19 patients. Over 100 students joined the session to hear first-hand from their future colleagues about a range of topics, including how Bellevue’s OTs have adjusted their practices to mitigate COVID-19 exposure, preserve PPE supplies, and promote patients’ emotional well-being in an isolated environment as well as how their team takes time to decompress and problem-solve as a group.
“This was an incredible opportunity as Bellevue is one of the hospitals on the front lines, and for them to make time to teach us what it’s like to be an OT out there right now is beyond words,” Jacoby said.
The OuTreach Team has additional efforts in store, with lunch and dessert deliveries being organized for OT departments at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and conversations taking place with NYU Langone and Mount Sinai.
“We are also looking to buy lunches at even more hospitals outside of the Manhattan area, such as in Brooklyn or Queens,” Jacoby said. “The more money we raise, the more hospitals we can buy lunches for.”
To get involved with the NYU COVID OuTreach Team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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