Hokies volunteer for local COVID-19 response efforts


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Students at Virginia Tech are donating their time and energy to help aid in the fight against the further spread of coronavirus.

Medical Reserve Corps-trained public health students from Virginia Tech’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program and the dual Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/MPH program, along with additional faculty and staff, are volunteering at a New River Valley COVID-19 call center and drive-thru testing sites.

Our academic health department partnership was a perfect mechanism to mobilize students, faculty, and staff to address this emergent public health challenge. Our existing relationship helped us act quickly and efficiently to assist the health department with their immediate needs and to provide our MPH students with real-world experience.”

Sophie Wenzel, Coordinator of the New River Academic Health Department

By mid-April, 22 MRC-trained students from Virginia Tech have volunteered at the call center, and 10 students had volunteered at drive-thru testing sites.

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