HOUGHTON – What started as a simple class project with Professor Steven Elmer in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology at Michigan Technological University has grown into something much more impactful.
Led by doctoral student Ashley Hawke, the student team produced the video “Stay healthy and safe during Covid-19” to provide: 1) updates on the latest COVID-19 trends, 2) recommendations on how to stay safe, 3) travel tips, and 4) strategies for maintaining physical and mental health.
The video emphasizes the importance of relying on credible information from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health departments, educational institutions, and unbiased news sources.
The two-minute YouTube video offers a COVID-19 snapshot and was shown around campus. It was also posted on the social media pages of the Western UP Health Department, Copper Country Strong, UP COVID-19 Town Hall, and Frontline UPdates Joint Information Center.
With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Michigan recently reaching an all-time high, communicating health information to help keep the campus and the community safe and healthy is essential. Rural communities continue to face challenges as they typically have a limited number of medical providers, hospital services and public health resources compared to urban communities.
“These students used their general training in health sciences to contribute to the COVID-19 response in their community”, Elmer explained.
Elmer also pointed out that the student video was in response to the U.S. Surgeon General’s advisory statement to create a healthy information environment. The declaration directs educators, researchers and professionals to deal with misinformation and help improve the quality of health information so that community members can make informed decisions about their health and that of their families. and that of the community.
Isaac Lennox, a master’s student who aims to become a physician specializing in family medicine and rural health, explained that in addition to the video, the team created a COVID-19 resource website page as well as a bi-monthly COVID-19 infographic for students, staff and faculty in the department. With the nature of the pandemic rapidly changing and the amount of misinformation circulating, it can be difficult to stay current and stay informed.
The student team worked with Assistant Professor Kelly Kamm, an expert in infectious diseases and epidemiology in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, to ensure the accuracy of all documents created.
To stay safe during this pandemic, especially with the holiday season ahead, students are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and get vaccinated if you have already been vaccinated.
They also recommend following the four W’s whenever possible – wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance, and walk to stay physically active. Going forward, the student team will continue to do their part and use their expertise to help both the campus and the community. As future healthcare professionals, they want to learn as much as possible from the current pandemic, so they are better prepared to lead during the next pandemic. The COVID-19 video can be accessed here.
Those who wish to watch the video can do so at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc4vi-vDAG8.