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Recipients of the 2019 Jefferson Public Citizens Awards

JPC Group: Sareena Chadha, Sidnea Strelser, Sophia Melly, Chelsea Li
Faculty Advisor: Alice Hoyt
Community Partner: Code Ana
Project Title: Expanding and Evaluating the Impact of the Code Ana Allergy Preparedness Program in Charlottesville and Surrounding School Districts

School nurses often find themselves under the intense pressure of being the sole actor and resource in response to medical emergencies. This project aims to broaden a school nurse’s network of support by evaluating and improving schools’ preparedness for medical emergencies, specifically food allergy reactions. We can accomplish this by streamlining the adoption of Code Ana’s emergency response planning process by implementing online resources and modules, expanding outreach by reaching out to more schools across Virginia, and increasing parental knowledge by creating educational modules geared towards parents.

JPC Group: Mercer Craighill, Clarissa Shelley, Johntrell Bowles, Roxanne Paleo, Brian Blaine
Faculty Advisor: David Edmunds
Community Partner: University of Cape Town
Project Title: Identifying Needs and Bridging Gaps in Khayelitsha, South Africa

Our goal is to work together with community members of Town Two in order to identify the expressed needs of the youth in Khayelitsha and resources available; this allows us to bridge the gap between youth and resources in order to build connections with pre-existing support. We hope to learn from other cultural perspectives in co-designing this project, address common social problems, and identify potential resources.

JPC Group: Megan Leimkuhler, James Sterchi, Colette Morino, Reid Auchterlonie
Faculty Advisor: David Burt
Community Partner: UVA-Guatemala Initiative
Project Title: Pathogen-Free Discharge Coalition

The Pathogen-Free Discharge Coalition (PFDC) is a partnership between UVA and Guatemalan collaborators uniting to address pathogenic discharge at the Totonicapán hospital in Guatemala. The wastewater treatment plant at the hospital currently releases pathogenic human waste directly into the Samala River. This poses a significant health threat to communities downstream. Our team will utilize a long-standing relationship with in-country partners to reactivate the inoperative plant while meeting the
WHO standards for healthcare facilities waste management.

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