South San Francisco and Atlanta -- September 15, 2020 -- Verily, an Alphabet company, announced that Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) will leverage Healthy at Work, the company’s comprehensive solution aimed at supporting the safety of students, faculty and staff. Through Healthy at Work, AUCC will provide integrated COVID-19 testing, symptom screening and data analytics across its colleges.
Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) is a consortium of four colleges: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College. Given its unique mission in training medical and health professionals, Morehouse School of Medicine is conducting some in-person classes this fall, and will provide Verily’s Healthy at Work program to students, faculty and staff. Though students at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College are currently engaged in virtual instruction, employees regularly reporting to campus will participate in the Verily program this fall followed by wider campus roll-outs for students, faculty and staff once in-person instruction resumes. Morehouse School of Medicine will administer COVID-19 tests for all AUCC students at a dedicated clinical research center. Verily’s lab partner, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, will process the lab tests at its facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
"Our top priority is to ensure a safe and healthy environment on our campuses," said Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine. "Verily’s Healthy at Work integrated COVID-19 solution will be a critical tool for getting our students back to school and ensuring their continued safety as well as that of our faculty and staff."
“Atlanta University Center Consortium schools are committed to a thoughtful, data-centered and science-based approach to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 on our contiguous campuses,” said George T. French, Jr., chair of the Atlanta University Center Consortium Council of Presidents and president of Clark Atlanta University. “This moment requires deliberate and innovative problem solving through the engagement of thought leaders and researchers in higher education, working with companies like Verily and leveraging the tremendous expertise of Morehouse School of Medicine to help set a high standard in the way we promote health and safety of AUC students, faculty and staff collectively and the nation as a whole.”
Healthy at Work combines Verily’s core data science and software capabilities, COVID-19 testing expertise, and public health guidance to provide smart, integrated screening and testing strategies for universities and employers returning individuals to shared spaces. By analyzing geographical data and community prevalence, Healthy at Work provides contextually relevant insights, helping administrators and employers to make informed decisions around COVID-19 safety policies and procedures.
“Morehouse School of Medicine is demonstrating how to educate and inspire the next generation of frontline healthcare leaders in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of students, faculty and staff,” said Vivian Lee, MD, president of health platforms at Verily. “It’s evident that AUCC has listened to the needs of their constituents across the colleges and is continuing to deliver an exceptional academic experience.”
Verily’s Healthy at Work program is complementary to Verily’s secure and connected Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program, which has completed over 900,000 tests across 15 states in close collaboration with state and local public health authorities. Additionally, Verily’s Pathfinder suite
of information management tools, already in use at Morehouse School of Medicine, has supported health systems and hospitals on the frontlines of care. Organizations interested in a conversation or demo with the Verily Healthy at Work team should use this contact form.
Launched in 2015, Verily is a subsidiary of Alphabet focused on life sciences and healthcare. Our mission is to make the world’s health data useful so that people enjoy healthier lives. Verily develops tools and devices to collect, organize and activate health data, and creates interventions to prevent and manage disease. We partner with leading life sciences, medical device and government organizations, using deep hardware, software, scientific, and healthcare expertise to enable faster development, meaningful advances, and deployment at scale.
About the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC)
The Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) is the oldest and largest academic consortium serving primarily African-American students. Its members are four trailblazing historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)— Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College— which include two highly ranked liberal arts colleges, a comprehensive research university, and a medical school. Together, Atlanta University Center (AUC) institutions confer undergraduate and graduate degrees across a range of disciplines and their graduates are leaders in their chosen fields. In addition, AUC research addresses a broad range of global challenges, with a particular focus on issues and disparities facing minority populations. For more information, visit www.aucenter.edu
About Broad Institute’s COVID-19 response
In March, Broad Institute converted a clinical testing lab into a high-throughput COVID-19 testing facility to serve the public health needs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and surrounding region. The team has reduced the cost-per-test while establishing partnerships to offer free- and low-cost testing for residents of vulnerable communities, in nursing homes and homeless shelters, and for students, faculty and staff at more than 100 colleges and universities. To date, the Broad has processed more than 1.6 million tests with an average turnaround time of less than 24 hours.
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