Dear Research Community Colleagues:With the rapidly changing landscape during the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us are reflecting on ways in which we can help. Many have already done so, through donation of supplies and novel research approaches to the disease. We are working to identify additional ways in which we can lend our assistance at this time and have included suggested opportunities below. If you have additional ideas on how the research community can offer assistance, please email ResearchersRespond2COVID@CUAnschutz.edu.
Several critical supplies are in short supply in the medical community. Please consider donating available supplies from your labs.
What types of supplies are needed?
With the anticipated increase in healthcare utilization due to COVID-19, there is an increased need for medical staff, including RNs and LPNs.
There is a potential need for direct patient care or non-patient oriented roles for those wishing to assist in that way. Even if credentials have lapsed, an opportunity with some recertification may exist. Based on your credentials and preferences, our clinical partners will work with you to provide appropriate placement and onboarding, should the need arise.
How do I get more information?
Maintaining adequate levels of our nation’s blood supply is critical and there is currently a blood supply shortage.
How can I donate?
Is it safe to donate?
Does donating blood violate social distancing recommendations?
Per guidance from FDA, people who donate blood are equivalent to those people who are working in a critical infrastructure industry. In volunteering to do so, they are contributing immeasurably to the public health of our nation. In order to ensure that blood is available to those who need it most, it is important for healthy individuals who are able to donate to take the time to do so.
CU Anschutz operates a food pantry that is open to all currently enrolled students. Donations can be made at any time to University Police. Please visit their website for more information.
CU Anschutz also partners with Aurora Interfaith Community Service, the local Aurora food bank that is seeing needs double during this national and local emergency. They are currently in great need of monetary and food donations. Please visit their websitefor more information. Drop off hours are Mon-Th between 9-12am.
A list of additional Aurora organizations that may need donations can be found onAurora Councilman Curtis Gardner’s webpage.
Visit the CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Coronavirus Research Guidance webpage.