The McLean Hospital collaboration with the Outreach Program with Indian Health Service, and with the mental health providers who volunteered their services at the Northern Navajo Medical Center (NNMC) in Shiprock, New Mexico during the peak of the pandemic, were awarded the 2022 Harvard Medical School Dean’s Community Service Award.
“I can’t say enough about the remarkable people who work at NNMC. The opportunity to provide support and contribute in this way to this community is truly a privilege,” Greenfield said.
With strong commitment from McLean leadership, this group of providers donated their time and expertise during an onslaught of COVID-related illnesses and deaths that threatened to emotionally overwhelm the caregivers and frontline and support staffs of the Navajo Nation in rural New Mexico. In addition, several volunteers were able to support peers in the Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility in Chile, Arizona, on-site and virtually.
“It was an honor for me to nominate this group of dedicated, skilled and compassionate professionals for this year’s Community Service Award,” said Ellen Bell, MBA, MPH, senior project manager for the Outreach Program with Indian Health Service. “These volunteers truly made a difference in the lives of the Shiprock community.”