HELP NEEDED THIS WEEKEND BY NP'S AND NP STUDENTS AT RI BEACHES
PLEASE THINK ABOUT HELPING WITH THIS!!!!!
Steven Boudreau, who needs to find about 10-15 volunteers to help staff COVID resource tables at 5 Rhode Island beaches this Saturday and Sunday (and on other future dates). Hours would be approximately 9:30-1:30 on each day. Beach admission and parking will be free for the volunteers. Responsibilities would include doing some very basic prevention education work around COVID-19, specifically:
- The importance and requirement of masking, and why—and distributing masks
- Social distancing as a virus prevention strategy
- How and why hand sanitizing protects us from infection
- And answer any basic clinical questions people might have about the virus (if the volunteers are nurses).
RIDOH is doing beach outreach in association with RI Department of Environmental Management. It is a generally pleasant task, much like the education parts of Skin Check. Volunteers will be at tables and we will provide as many tents as possible for shade. It would be really great if you can forward this to your nursing contacts. We especially need people for this weekend, but this will become a summer-long project, and it is good to have names of people willing to help so that we can contact them when we have opportunities that might interest them. Here is Steven’s message, which was posted on the United Way’s website today.
To respond, those interested should email Steven.Boudreau@health.ri.gov and provide a cell number. THANK YOU!
Call for Volunteers!
As Rhode Island progresses into Phase III of our plan for reopening businesses across the state we have adopted an approach to driving compliance with public health guidelines that falls across three areas of focus:
- Inspections and enforcement,
- Person-to-person peer engagement and education, and
- Communications and behavior change campaigns.
This Plan focuses on integrating these efforts to employ community outreach and prevention strategies aimed at making it easier for Rhode Island residents and visitors to comply with community mitigation guidelines that help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is especially important at events and locations that attract large crowds; within high-density communities; in communities where close personal contact is a cultural value; at recreation venues such as beaches and parks, tourism areas, and within small business settings where coaching and additional assistance complying with guidelines may be required.
We are seeking outgoing volunteers able to assist at local events, beaches and other venues by handing out COVID-19 information, providing free face masks event attendees, promoting social distancing, and answering questions. Training will be provided in advance and all materials are supplied by RIDOH.
- Kelly Smith, MSW
Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers
RI Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill, Room 409
Providence, RI 02908