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Articles by ceo danielle butin and other afya affilIates

A College Student’s Perspective in the Middle of a Global Pandemic

A College Student’s Perspective in the Middle of a Global Pandemic

The Coronavirus has drastically impacted every sphere of private and public life this year. As a college student, I feel this keenly. Nothing about this school year has been normal. I never would have imagined that Covid-19 would be such a central theme in my life, but I feel lucky to have the opportunity to live off-campus, have a small community, communicate in person with my professors, and make a difference with Afya during this turbulent time.

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50 Shades of Occupational Therapy

50 Shades of Occupational Therapy

Sixteen years ago, my father had emergency surgery, and as a result he suffered a minor stroke. He was sent to rehabilitation where he received occupational therapy (OT). I was with him everyday. There, I discovered OT and what it provided to my father in order for him to live a functional life while living with physical, mental and emotional challenges. I realized that I wanted to be a part of the world of OT and provide people with various abilities opportunities to be their best self they can be.

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What Being an OT Means To Me

What Being an OT Means To Me

I have always known that I wanted to be in a helping profession where I can empower others to become the best version of themselves. Occupational therapy allows me to fulfill my lifelong goal of helping others on a large scale.

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Contributing to Something Bigger

Contributing to Something Bigger

I currently work remotely as a social media intern. During COVID-19, Afya transitioned to providing healthcare facilities with the personal protective equipment necessary to help mitigate the crisis. Afya has delivered PPE to over 150 healthcare facilities and has distributed over 700,000 masks.

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Learning and Expressing Gratitude

Learning and Expressing Gratitude

Despite being quarantined, with the world seemingly coming to a stop, it is important to realize that while we are comfortable at home that these doctors, nurses, EMTs, etc. are working so hard on the front lines in order to help victims of this crisis.

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An Outlet to Help During the Pandemic

An Outlet to Help During the Pandemic

What can a 16-year-old girl possibly do to help in the fight against a virus that people twice my age, with years of professional schooling and experience, can not overcome? Not much, I thought. Afya even sent masks to kids my age at homeless youth shelters. I am helping publicize these efforts which lead to more donations and maybe some saved lives.

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Organizing the Bike-A-Thon for Beirut

Organizing the Bike-A-Thon for Beirut

When I first heard about the explosions in Lebanon, my first thought was how awful it must be for all of the victims because of the destruction, death, and injuries the explosions caused. I realized that I wanted to do something to help.

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If You Believe in Yourself, Anything Is Possible

If You Believe in Yourself, Anything Is Possible

 Occupational Therapy Student Intern Blog Reflections Annabel V Paredes, Student at NYU During my undergrad studies at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, I had no idea what I wanted to do after graduation. At the time, I was doing an internship at a nursing home...

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The History of Healthcare Services for Native American Elderly & its Implications for Covid-19 Relief

The History of Healthcare Services for Native American Elderly & its Implications for Covid-19 Relief

Native Americans have the highest rate of Coronavirus infections in the United States. Native elders, crucial keepers of tribal culture and heritage, are most susceptible to infection and subsequent complications. A history of inadequate healthcare services and poor infrastructure in Native American reservations undermine Covid-19 relief efforts for Native elderly. Now, the Afya Foundation is partnering with local healthcare organizations to provide customized support to Native elders across the US. By caring for Indigenous elders, Afya is investing in the future of tribal culture and heritage.

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Stepping Stones to Success

Stepping Stones to Success

Occupational Therapy Student Intern Blog Reflections Jessica Taveras Throughout my first couple of years in college, I switched majors regularly. I considered becoming a teacher, social worker and even a historian. None of those choices felt ‘right.’ I was only sure...

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Seeing A Need & Giving Back

Seeing A Need & Giving Back

Occupational Therapist Student Intern Blog Reflections Luz Garrido I am a Dominican Republic native that came to the U.S. 14 years ago. As a middle school student learning English, I volunteered at the Hudson River Museum. As a junior docent, the museum would offer...

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Coronavirus Impact

Coronavirus Impact

Learn about the impact Afya is making during this COVID-19 Pandemic. We are diligently helping NYC are healthcare workers get the PPE they need to combat the Coronavirus.

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Protecting Our Frontline Healthcare Workers

Protecting Our Frontline Healthcare Workers

Today, right here with the COVID-19 pandemic in New York, the need for action and the volume of need for protective supplies is indescribable. Hospitals, federally qualified health centers, and community organizations all need to protect their frontline. We have to protect our healthcare workers.

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Help Make Masks & Face-Shields at Home

Help Make Masks & Face-Shields at Home

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, goggles, and face shields are in short supply around the world, but nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers need it in order to stay safe and continue working.

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Afya in Crain’s Health Pulse

Afya in Crain’s Health Pulse

Afya is partnering with Hudson River Health Care in Peekskill, which will serve as a distribution point for FQHCs in Westchester. Afya is also sharing supplies with Harlem United, an FQHC with 25 sites that handled about 23,000 visits last year.

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Afya featured by City Biz List

Afya featured by City Biz List

Read the original article at: AFYA & Partners To Provide Health Supplies For Covid-19 In New York Afya, a Yonkers-based nonprofit which delivers medical supplies to underserved locations globally, has formed a partnership to assist New York Federally Qualified...

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Sending Materials to Wuhan, China

Sending Materials to Wuhan, China

Afya was featured in Newswire donating supplies to Wuhan, China. Read the original article at: Donated Medical Supplies Leave New York for Wuhan ​The Afya Foundation Sends Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to China PRESS RELEASE  UPDATED: FEB 13, 2020 NEW YORK,...

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When You Have to Find a Way To Help

When You Have to Find a Way To Help

Micky had terrible burns on his paws that veterinarians treated, photo credit to Zoos Victoria Many years ago when my children were young and the birth of a new sibling was close, we read “Koala Lou,” a beloved children’s book by an extraordinary Australian writer,...

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HURRICANE RELIEF

HURRICANE RELIEF

Afya is busy doing what it does well, respond to needs, worldwide, with tenacity, compassion and the delivery of supplies vitally needed for medical care. The islands have our attention and focus and we can make a difference there.  We have request lists for medical...

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Afya WORKS WITH OTHERS TO AIR LIFT SUPPLIES TO PUERTO RICO

Afya WORKS WITH OTHERS TO AIR LIFT SUPPLIES TO PUERTO RICO

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL STATE POLICE, NYPA WORKERS, PORT AUTHORITY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL DEPLOYED TO PUERTO RICO TO ASSIST WITH ONGOING EMPIRE STATE RELIEF AND RECOVERY EFFORT 72 Port Authority Emergency Personnel to Assist in Coordinated Recovery Efforts 53...

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HUFFINGTON POST REPORTS ON Afya’s AIRLIFT TO PUERTO RICO

HUFFINGTON POST REPORTS ON Afya’s AIRLIFT TO PUERTO RICO

Essential Medical Supplies Arrive in Vieques from New York Area Donors FARMINGDALE, NY / SAN JUAN, PR – September 29 – A shipment of nearly a thousand pounds of essential medicines including antibiotics, vaccines, asthma and diabetes drugs has landed in San Juan. The...

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