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At both the societal and individual levels, food insecurity has become an important and concerning issue, among the litany of consequences of the havoc wreaked around the globe by the COVID-19 pandemic. With local food banks and shelters struggling to keep up with an increased demand, a group of McGill Medical students have launched the Meet the Need Montreal initiative, with the goal of raising funds and collecting other goods to support local organizations with whom they have partnered.
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To help alleviate some of the burden of working and homeschooling for health professionals with school-aged kids, a group of McGill medical students have formed a group offering to help with the children’s education for a few hours per week through virtual tutoring, known as the Teletutor Outreach initiative. 
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As a teenager Vincent Brissette saw several friends make poor decisions that led them down a dark path. This taught him firsthand a lesson in the importance of having strong support systems in one’s life. Acting as a resource for his friends during the time also instilled in Vincent a desire to give back to other youth facing similar issues.  Over the past year,  Vincent, now a second-year medical student at McGill University, has been volunteering with Head & Hands, a Montreal-based organization that has been working to promote physical and mental health for at-risk youth in the city since 1970.
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Women’s shelters and organizations in Montreal are important pillars in the city, providing support, services and shelter to women and children experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. With the social distancing directives brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, families are forced to stay home together, leading some authorities to anticipate an escalation in domestic violence due to the combined stressors of the pandemic and accompanying economic hardship. Enter Helping Hands, a McGill medical student-led initiative founded three years ago by Minuoja Chandramohan and Daniel Kaufman, that aims to help women from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing them a form of primary prevention through a feminine hygiene kit.
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Since its launch in March, the whohascoronavirus.com website has amassed more than 200,000 views from visitors in over 100 countries. Developed in large part in response to the lack of information and Canadian tracking available when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Quebec in late February, the site is the brainchild of third-year McGill medical students Kacper Niburski and Yibin Dang.
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In just over two weeks, Donnez La Protection /Give Protection has collected thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) from over 260 individuals and local businesses for distribution to Quebec hospitals and clinics. Donations collected by the initiative have already been delivered to a number of institutions including the Jewish General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Lakeshore General Hospital and Lasalle Hospital. Donated PPE has also been sent to health centres in northern Quebec, including Centre de santé Inuulitsivik – Puvirnituq and The Mistissini Clinic.
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As the novel coronavirus outbreak swept rapidly across nations, evolving quickly into a global pandemic, researchers around the world quickly mobilized efforts to gain a better understanding of SARS-CoV2 and to work towards finding effective treatment and vaccine. With the unprecedented once-in-a-generation changes to societal behaviours, for example through social distancing and complete lockdowns, the day-to-day normalcy of the world was turned on its head. For medical students, these changes meant an abrupt temporary halt to their clinical rotations. Provided with unanticipated time at home, fourth-year McGill medical student Ariane Litalien was looking for a way to contribute to helping the frontline healthcare professionals and researchers working around the clock to rein in the virus.
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Unable to continue their clinical rotations in hospitals because of COVID-19, a group of third-year McGill medical students are doing their part to support the heroes working on the frontlines of the pandemic by providing them with fresh meals. The MerciMeals MTL initiative is raising money to buy food from local restaurants to feed hospital workers who are often too busy to eat properly.
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The COVID Student Support Initiative, launched by Faculty of Medicine students, matches student volunteers with frontline health care professionals who need help with daily tasks such as child or pet care, grocery or pharmacy runs or general errands.
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With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) quickly shifted to telehealth as a means of delivering health care in a timely manner. The changes include accessing hospital charts remotely from home, setting up video platforms such as Zoom, and collecting necessary medical data digitally. Due to the sudden changes, several clinicians found themselves lost in navigating these systems. The students, with more time on their hands, were looking for ways to help support the frontline health care workers. Helping clinicians having difficulty with technology proved to be a perfect opportunity, while respecting social distancing.
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