Members of CSDP are involved in a community engagement program, the SSAINTS Program, working to ensure the health and well-being of Vietnamese American older-adults residing in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. They received a grant through the Sprinting to the Front Lines, a rapid funding mechanism for Tulane students to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, generously funded by Celia Weatherhead and the Weatherhead Foundation.
The SSAINTS Team recently participated in a drive-thru format health fair targeting Vietnamese older-adults sponsored by the Vietnamese-American Seniors of Greater New Orleans Association (2330 Park Place Dr., Gretna, LA. 70056). The fair welcomed all members of the community on October 18, 2020. Services provided were COVID testing, influenza immunization, and distribution of health and COVID-19 related informational materials. The SSAINTS Program distributed 200 goodies bags consisting of printed informational flyers regarding COVID-19 risk mitigation strategies, COVID-19 myths/facts, face covering etiquette and care, and hurricane preparedness during COVID-19 as well as cloth face masks and hand sanitizers.
CSDP members involved are doctoral student NhuNgoc Pham, GCHB Professor Mai Do, CSDP Assistant Director Cam-Thanh Tran, CSDP Post-Doc Fellow Dr. Trang Nguyen, GCHB Professor Mark VanLandingham, and Asia Studies Adjunct Professor Dr. Kathleen Carlin.
More information can be found here: https://sph.tulane.edu/call-action-ssaints-program