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A group of Harrisburg University professors and staff have joined the state Department of Health’s COVID-19 Health Equity Response Team to help provide care and strategies aimed at protecting those most at risk of succumbing to COVID-19.

Pictured clockwise from top left is Geoffrey Roche and Professors Nancy Mimm, Roozbeh Sadeghian, Nathanial Ashby, Michael Seavers, and Tamara Peyton

Geoffrey M. Roche, HU Executive Director of Strategic Healthcare Initiatives, will chair a committee responsible for implementing six core strategies for residents who are over the age of 65. Professors Michael Seavers, Roozbeh Sadeghian, and Nathanial Ashby are also involved.

Dr. Nancy Mimm, who heads the University’s Master of Nursing Degree program, will chair a committee that will implement the same six strategies aimed at protecting pregnant women.  Dr. Tamara Peyton, Social Computing & HCID Graduate program lead, also will serve on this committee.

The COVID-19 Health Equity Response Team’s Six Core Strategies include:

  • Clinical Care Considerations for Vulnerable Populations at Risk for COVID-19
  • Predictive Modeling
  • Strategic Communications
  • Coordination of Strategic Partnerships
  • Mass Fatality Management
  • Economic Stability and Revitalization

“As an Advisory Committee member of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Office of Health Equity, it is a privilege to serve with colleagues all across our commonwealth dedicated to ensuring a healthy Pennsylvania for all, Roche said. “I applaud the Department of Health for forming a public-private partnership to address this critical public health matter.”

“It is such an honor to have the opportunity to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Health Office of Health Equity and I am thrilled that this administration and offices recognize that having a healthy pregnancy is paramount to maternal and infant health and well-being,” Mimm added. “The pregnancy and the postnatal period are critical periods in terms of the opportunity that they provide to equalize the life-chances of all women and children.”

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