Commit @ IHP – A Personal and Professional Commitment to Flattening the Curve

This message is from IHP President Paula Milone-Nuzzo's desk

-July 16, 2020-

Commit @ IHP is a community-wide declaration of our personal and professional responsibility to slow and flatten the COVID-19 curve. It requires a responsibility to ourselves, to every member of the IHP community, to our family and roommates, and to our clients. 

As a member of the IHP community, we agree to adhere to the mission and core values of the Institute. Students, upon matriculation, begin the process of becoming socialized to the norms, behaviors, and codes of conduct of their respective clinical profession. Commit @ IHP is aligned with this professional responsibility as part of the journey to develop effective clinical decision-making skills. It is imperative for all of us to declare our responsibility and remain healthy and safe so: students can continue to progress within their academic program; faculty are able to teach, research, and develop scholarly publications; and staff are able to safely provide the support and services needed to maintain a quality learning and work environment. People’s lives depend on each of us doing the right thing and holding one another accountable.

The primary focus of Commit @ IHP and the Return to Campus Plan is the health, safety, and well-being of every member of our community. The basic approach is grounded in science and includes wearing a mask, washing your hands, always practicing social distancing and social isolation by limiting your travel to being at home, campus, and clinical sites.  

Students planning their return to Boston should self-quarantine for 14 days prior to traveling back to the Boston area. Fortunately, Massachusetts has a very low rate of infection which has allowed us to have limited on-campus activities. When students return to Boston and are moving in or back in with roommates, they should wear masks in their apartment and isolate as they reestablish a new home environment. At the same time, students should limit travel within the Boston area between their local home, campus, and clinical placement sites.

We all must understand the risk associated with daily activities and make wise choices as cities and states continue to reopen. According to the Texas Medical Association, lower risk activities include opening the mail, getting restaurant takeout, and walking in a busy downtown area. Higher risk activities include going to a hair salon, eating inside a restaurant, and working out at a gym. The highest risk activity is going to a bar. View graphic for more details.

The CDC has additional guidance explaining how to safely participate in activities requiring you to go out in public.

Students, faculty, and staff are required to adopt Commit @ IHP as our pledge to one another to honor each other’s health, safety, and well-being, while at the same time demonstrating our personal and professional commitment to flatten the curve. Our behaviors have a direct impact on the IHP’s ability to successfully execute the plan for the fall semester. We need everyone to work together, for the duration of this pandemic, to create a safe and effective academic environment.  

Paula Milone-Nuzzo, PhD, RN, FHHC, FAAN
President and John Hilton Knowles Professor

Denis Stratford
Chief Operating Officer

IHP Communications

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