H1N1 preparation grant awarded to ASC

(09-18-2009)

Adams State College received a grant of $5,410 to support its plan for H1N1 awareness efforts from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) Hospital Preparedness Program.

Adams State Dean of Students Ken Marquez said, "This grant will be very helpful in offsetting expenses of our H1N1 awareness campaign on campus. We are working hard to keep students, faculty, and staff members well during this flu season. We are working very closely with the Alamosa County Public Health Department to provide up-to-date notices and offer data we have collected on campus surrounding H1N1 flu."

The awareness campaign is disseminating information on preventive hygiene measures. In addition, H1N1 prevention and awareness information has been shared at meetings with large groups of faculty, staff and students. Other awareness measures include:

  • Information kits distributed to students include a small bottle of hand sanitizer, hand wipes, and an information card listing resources.
  • Posters are displayed around campus with information on disease prevention, and what to do if in case of illness.
  • Masks and disposable thermometers are available to everyone at the ASC One Stop.
  • Hand sanitizer has been placed around campus.
  • Computer labs are equipped with keyboard wipes.

In addition, Marquez has written to all students, parents, and employees describing the college's preparations and offering recommendations for preventing and containing spread of the flu.

"In cooperation with Alamosa County Public Health, we will offer a free vaccination clinic on campus, once the vaccine is available," Marquez said. Finally, Adams State is updating its community via its website. Information is also available from Alamosa County Public Health, 589-6639; a government website, or by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).

By Julie Waechter