UNT Health Science Center assists Fort Worth, Tarrant County community

Students and faculties at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in downtown Fort Worth continued to offer assistance to the city and Tarrant County during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Designed by Ellen Jackson / Community Impact Newspaper)

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, students and faculties at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in downtown Fort Worth have been serving the city of Fort Worth and Tarrant County in a variety of ways.

Notably, a Health Science Center volunteer troop set up and operated several coronavirus testing sites for city and county employees, including the first in the city of Fort Worth in March.

In addition, students and faculties have devoted thousands of volunteer hours to community treatment and research, and the school has donated thousands of personal items to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said.

The Mayor proclaimed August 4th to be the University of North Texas Health Science Center on Fort Worth Appreciation Day.

“The first test site we test police, fire and health personnel at is from our partners at the UNT Health Science Center,” said Price. “The city and the residents are grateful for that [their] Efforts. “

The Health Science Center consists of six schools that oversee doctoral students who specialize in patient-centered education, research, and health care.

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tarrant County began to surge – from just a few cases in mid-March to more than 1,000 cases by mid-April – the number of public funds available began to decline, Price said.

“Virus transmission has increased dramatically in a short space of time, outperforming available public health resources,” Price said. “Faculty and students took this opportunity by helping quickly develop and implement a robust community testing program.”

“We had great support from members of the fire service and the police,” said HSC President Dr. Michael Williams.

The test sites offer hands-on experiences and opportunities that would not have been available in the classroom, added Chris Aden, a fourth year student at the Health Science Center.

Many students were in the middle of clinical rotations at local hospitals when they were told that those rotations would be suspended due to the pandemic, he said.

“When the call came and we were given the opportunity to meet a need in this ward, we went to work,” said Aden. “We needed [that opportunity] as much as the city needed us. “

The students were involved in the testing process from start to finish, he said.

“It was an opportunity to learn things that we can’t learn in a textbook or in the classroom,” said Aden. “We are grateful for the opportunity and humbled that the city would ask for our help. Our university is ready to help in the future. “

A number of professors at HSC have focused their research efforts on the effects of COVID-19 on specific populations, e.g. B. Adolescents and people with pre-existing health conditions.

Studies have also compared the effects of COVID-19 with diseases similar to tuberculosis.

Additionally, Associate Professor of Biostatics and Epidemiology, Rajesh R. Nandy, is using data analysis and research to study the overall impact of COVID-19.

“Although the total number of new cases nationwide every day [has] stabilized or possibly declining, there are districts where we are still seeing growth in the average number of new cases reported each day, ”said Nandy’s report.

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