UNMC CoRe is a student-led, interdisciplinary program designed to provide student volunteers with opportunities to assist throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. At the beginning of the outbreak, area schools and daycares began shutting their doors to comply with social distancing policies. Around the same time, medical students were released from clinical duties and shifted to online learning environments. This combination resulted in residents and physicians with acute childcare needs and many medical students itching to assist during the outbreak. Thus, UNMC CoRe was born.
This program was started by two UNMC medical students who initially focused on harnessing the altruistic drive of fellow medical students to help provide childcare, pet care, and errands to residents. As the needs of the healthcare community increased, so did the program. The program now provides childcare and pet care to all residents, physicians, and members of the COVID teams at UNMC-Nebraska Medical Center and involves volunteers from all colleges on the UNMC campus. As the outbreak continued, other needs were identified in the community, and the program grew further to meet those needs. Other initiatives were added, including a partnership with Nebraska Medical Center where student volunteers transport mask sewing kits, complete with materials and instructions, to community volunteers to sew cloth masks for visitors and healthcare workers in the hospitals and clinics. We also began a partnership with Metro Omaha Medical Society and Nebraska Medical Association to facilitate the donation of personal protective equipment from local and national businesses/manufacturers to be distributed to area hospitals and clinics in need.
We have amassed over 230 student volunteers, provided part-time or full-time childcare/pet care to over 20 families, managed over 300 community mask sewing volunteers, facilitated the production of over 20,000 cloth masks, donated 40,000 face shields & 6,000 other PPE items to area hospitals and clinics, and expanded our leadership team to help facilitate this growth. We are continuing to assess the needs of our area and healthcare communities, with plans to further make a difference by expanding our program into a few new areas. We are a group of students dedicated to helping those on the frontlines in whatever way we can!
Meet The Leadership Team
Program Director and Technology Coordinator
Community Mask Sewing Program Coordinator
PPE Donations Coordinator
Community Outreach Coordinator
Childcare & Pet care Coordinator