Holy Family Receives Grant to Fund Smoking Education Initiative

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The Clean Air Council and the Philadelphia Department of Health have awarded a $4,000 grant to Holy Family University to evaluate our current smoking policy, and develop a campus-wide educational program regarding smoking, vaping, and healthy stress management options. This initiative is being led by the University’s Office of Health Services, and guided by our Wellness Committee Task Force.

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Learning Together from the “Inside Out” Creates Powerful Perspectives

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Eight ‘Outside’ students from Holy Family University and nine ‘Inside’ students from the Bucks County Men's Community Correctional Center have been learning together – and from each other – in a course titled, “American Criminal Justice through the lens of alcohol and drugs.” The eight-week course served as a pilot program for both the correctional institution and the University, culminating with the presentation of a final paper, recommending successful re-entry programs for incarcerated individuals into the community.

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Staying Close during Trying Times: Updates from Holy Family University

March 18, 2020

Dear Holy Family University Community,

As we engage in our first “official” day of virtual activities at the University, I want you to know that our prayers are with you and your families as our extended community pulls together to manage and respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). With the advent of spring, the Lenten season and current events, I’ve been reflecting on what it means to sacrifice for the benefit of others, and I’m inspired by what I’ve seen so far.

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A Message to Alumni on the COVID-19 Response

March 16, 2020

Dear Holy Family Alumni and Friends,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as together we face the unprecedented public health situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). I want to share the steps we’ve taken to protect our campus and extended Holy Family community while maintaining academic and University business operations.

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Special Announcement: Updated University Response to COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Dear Holy Family University Community,

Given significant shifts in the past 24-hours, and our steadfast commitment to the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, we are taking additional steps to minimize possible exposure to the coronavirus on our campus. At this time, there are no known confirmed cases in our campus community. The dynamic nature of this situation requires us to act quickly, and with your support we will approach this work in a smart, calm, and effective manner.

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COVID-19 Update - March 11, 2020

Dear Holy Family University Community,

As the situation around COVID-19 (commonly referred to as Coronavirus), continues to evolve, we want to update you on our current plans. We’re closely monitoring this evolving situation and getting regular updates from the city’s Department of Public Health.

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Coronavirus Letter from Sister Maureen - March 4, 2020

March 4, 2020

Dear Members of the Holy Family University Community,

In the past few days, you have likely heard intensifying reports about the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), that originated in Wuhan, China and has spread to more than 40 countries around the world.  Earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted Americans to begin to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. They also advised to prepare for the possibility of disruptions to daily life, suggesting that businesses, schools, and families plan for its potential impact. Health Services and the university are closely monitoring the situation and working in collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

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HFU Receives It's On Us PA Grant from the Governor's Office

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For the third consecutive year, Holy Family University has been awarded the "It’s On Us PA" grant, aimed at funding education, training, and the prevention of sexual assault and sex- and gender-based discrimination, harassment, and misconduct on college campuses. The University is among 36 postsecondary institutions named by Governor Tom Wolf to receive this grant.

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Bonacquisti Published in Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology

photo of Alexa BonacquistiHoly Family University’s Alexa Bonacquisti, PhD, Assistant Professor, Graduate Counseling Psychology Department, was recently published in the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. Her paper, titled Maternal depression, anxiety, stress, and maternal-infant attachment in the neonatal intensive care unit, describes a study of the psychological experiences of mothers with infants in the NICU. It was co-authored by Dr. Pamela A. Geller from Drexel University and Dr. Chavis A. Patterson from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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HFU Joins With St. James School to Support Post-Secondary Student Success

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Holy Family University and St. James School have launched a first-of-its-kind program in Philadelphia to ensure post-secondary education success for low-income African American students, who are often first-generation college students and under-represented on college campuses. Working together, the two schools have entered into an agreement to pave a strong educational path and provide support for St. James students to earn college degrees.

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