Healthy Davis Together
DCC’s exists to “tend the wellbeing of the place and people around us.” And so, we’re excited to announce that we’re is part of a new joint project between the City of Davis and UC Davis called Healthy Davis Together.
Along with 32 others from UC Davis, the City, and the wider community, Pastor Chris serves on the Healthy Davis Together Advisory Committee. The goal of the joint, community-wide project to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and facilitate a coordinated and gradual return to regular city activities and reintegration of UC Davis students back into the Davis community. By creating a proven, replicable model, we will demonstrate how college communities can successfully reopen and avoid disruption due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
Here’s more detail about the project and what it means for our larger community (find more here: https://healthydavistogether.org
As a university town, preventing the spread of COVID-19 and facilitating a coordinated and gradual reintegration of Aggies this fall is complex and involves collaboration and detailed planning between the City and University. UC Davis Campus Ready efforts are already in motion and will be augmented by Healthy Davis Together.
Healthy Davis Together will take a precision public health approach, i.e., delivering the right intervention at the right time, every time, to the right population. This means we will use real-time data from testing, contact tracing, and environmental monitoring to inform decisions on where to focus on additional testing and contact tracing, as well as health communications and other support services. Using this approach, the project will drastically increase testing and contact tracing, while providing protection, resources, and support services to keep community members and students healthy and informed.
Over the coming months as Healthy Davis Together gets underway, community residents can expect to see more of the following:
− Public health messages and campaign that provide important COVID-19 updates and information on what to do to protect yourself, your family, and the community
− Increased COVID-19 screening availability for community residents by late fall, using saliva samples rather than the nasopharyngeal (nasal) swabs
− Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for personal and business use provided at no cost
− Community-supported quarantine and isolation services for those needing safe shelter and assistance
− Incentives (including local gift cards and premiums) that reward healthy practices for UC Davis students, local businesses, and community members
Healthy Davis Together is an ambitious endeavor on behalf of the common good. It will take time and support from the entire community—Davis residents, city and county government, business and health care leaders, local schools, preschool, and daycare sites, congregate living facilities, civic and faith-based organizations, and every UC Davis student, faculty member, and staff member—working together.
If we follow state and county health guidance and take the right steps — campus-and city-wide — to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the community and UC Davis students can thrive together and set an example for Yolo County and beyond.
From the beginning of this pandemic, DCC’s leaders and staff, members and friends, have creatively and responsibly worked not only to keep our members connected, provide you with meaningful content, and keep you as safe and healthy as we can, but also to work with other religious and community leaders to ensure that we are part of larger movements that seek the common good.