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The Links delivers meals to UMMC staff during COVID-19 battle

The Health Equity Ambassadors of the Patapsco Chapter of The Links delivered food to University of Maryland Medical Center staff staying at the American Cancer Society’s Baltimore Hope Lodge for respite and sleep in between shifts battling the COVID-19 pandemic instead of returning home. (Photo by Vivienne Stearns-Elliott)

The Health Equity Ambassadors of the Patapsco Chapter of The Links delivered food to University of Maryland Medical Center staff staying at the American Cancer Society’s Baltimore Hope Lodge for respite and sleep in between shifts battling the COVID-19 pandemic instead of returning home. (Photo by Vivienne Stearns-Elliott)

From left, Giovanni Smith, Sharonne Bonardi and Donnice Brown get ready to deliver meals.

From left, Giovanni Smith, Sharonne Bonardi and Donnice Brown get ready to deliver meals.

Bella Catalina Chant, MSN, left, supervisor of the Trauma Prevention Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Alison Brown, MPH, interim president of the University of Maryland Medical Center Downtown Campus and president of the UMMC Midtown Campus, pitched in to help delivr means to UMMC staff members. (Photo by Vivienne Stearns-Elliott)

Bella Catalina Chant, MSN, left, supervisor of the Trauma Prevention Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Alison Brown, MPH, interim president of the University of Maryland Medical Center Downtown Campus and president of the UMMC Midtown Campus, pitched in to help delivr means to UMMC staff members. (Photo by Vivienne Stearns-Elliott)

Tawana Thomas-Johnson, left, vice president of diversity and inclusion, with the American Cancer Society, and Tyler Johnson get ready to deliver meals to University of Maryland Medical Center staff members. (Photo by Vivienne Stearns-Elliott)

Tawana Thomas-Johnson, left, vice president of diversity and inclusion, with the American Cancer Society, and Tyler Johnson get ready to deliver meals to University of Maryland Medical Center staff members. (Photo by Vivienne Stearns-Elliott)

Shanard Starke, special projects coordinator of the Injury Prevention Program, helps deliver meals to University of Maryland Medical Center staff battling the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Vivienne Stearns-Elliott)

Shanard Starke, special projects coordinator of the Injury Prevention Program, helps deliver meals to University of Maryland Medical Center staff battling the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Vivienne Stearns-Elliott)

From left, Karyn Riley, program chair of the Patapsco chapter of The Links; Tawana Thomas-Johnson, vice president of diversity and inclusion, with the American Cancer Society; Kimberly Robinson, president of the Patapsco chapter of The Links; Shanard Starke, special projects coordinator of the Injury Prevention Program; Tameka Bell-Robinson; Su'ona Johnson, RN; and Tyler Johnson pose for a photo. (Photo by Vivienne Stearns-Elliott)

From left, Karyn Riley, program chair of the Patapsco chapter of The Links; Tawana Thomas-Johnson, vice president of diversity and inclusion, with the American Cancer Society; Kimberly Robinson, president of the Patapsco chapter of The Links; Shanard Starke, special projects coordinator of the Injury Prevention Program; Tameka Bell-Robinson; Su’ona Johnson, RN; and Tyler Johnson pose for a photo. (Photo by Vivienne Stearns-Elliott)

The Health Equity Ambassadors of the Patapsco Chapter of The Links made a delivery of food for University of Maryland Medical Center staff battling COVID-19 and staying at the American Cancer Society’s Baltimore Hope Lodge for respite and sleep in between shifts instead of returning home.  The Links were greeted by Alison Brown, MPH, interim president of the University of Maryland Medical Center Downtown Campus and president of the UMMC Midtown Campus; Bella Chant, MSN, supervisor of the Trauma Prevention Program; and Shanard Starke, special projects coordinator of the Injury Prevention Program.

During the pandemic, Hope Lodges across the country are partnering with hospitals to offer free temporary lodging to their health care workers.  Due to the health risks of COVID-19, the American Cancer Society had to close its Hope Lodges to cancer patients and caregivers but decided to put its empty rooms to good purpose to help address the crisis.  Baltimore Hope Lodge is conveniently located next door to UMMC.

The Links is an international, volunteer service organization of 16,000 professional women of color. This is the second donation of meals that the Links Patapsco Chapter has made since UMMC health care workers began staying at Baltimore Hope Lodge in April.

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