Message from Jon Epstein, MD, and Chris Masotti, CPA, MBA

09/27/17

To our Penn Medicine Community, in particular to our many students and trainees from Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, we extend our thoughts and deepest sympathies to those impacted by the recent, unprecedented natural disasters.  This is a very difficult time as we await information from families in un-connected regions, witness the widespread aftermath of the devastation, and seek ways to support one another.  We are with you and your families.

Please find below information on personal support resources offered throughout campus, as well as charitable organizations and financial assistance.  So many of you have expressed the desire to help.  As one option, the Office of Research and Diversity Training is collecting donations of first-aid and first-need items that will be transported to a collection facility in Philadelphia. Please contact Arnaldo Diaz, PhD, Director of the Office of Research and Diversity Training at diaza@pennmedicine.upenn.edu or visit room 267 in Anatomy Chemistry for more information.  

In addition, Penn students, including those in the Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS), have started a number of aid relief efforts, including: https://www.gofundme.com/ThisOnesForMexico , https://www.gofundme.com/studentswithpr , and www.youcaring.com/penn-helps-pr

Lastly, BGS students from Puerto Rico are holding a bake sale on Monday, October 2nd, from 10am to 2pm in the lobby of the Smilow Center for Translational Research.  All proceeds will go directly to support relief efforts.

   SUPPORT ACROSS CAMPUS (communicated in yesterday’s message from President Gutmann, Provost Pritchett, and EVP Carnaroli):

  • Office of the Chaplain: 215-898-8456
  • Student Health Service: 215-746-3535
  • Student Financial Services: 215-898-1988
  • Office of the Vice Provost for University Life: 215-898-6081
  • Counseling and Psychological Services: 215-898-7021
  • University HELP Line: 215-898-HELP (215-898-4357)

   CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS:

   FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE for Natural Disasters (please review for more details):

 

Jon Epstein, MD, and Chris Masotti, CPA, MBA