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Truist Bank's $100,000 Gift to Hampton University Supports Numerous Regional COVID-19 Endeavors
11/01/2021 - #33

HAMPTON, Va. (Nov. 1, 2021) – Truist made a generous $100,000 contribution to Hampton University to support Hampton’s efforts in increasing screenings for COVID-19, conducting contact tracing, and providing vaccinations, and more in the ten cities and eight counties of the Hampton Roads, Virginia region. These efforts were targeted to rural, underserved and minority populations, addressing the medical legacy of racial and ethnic disparities. 

“Hampton University is grateful to Truist Bank for this generous donation which will assist with testing, contact tracing and providing vaccinations on our illustrious campus. Hampton University will be able to better protect our faculty, staff, students and local community with this wonderful contribution,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

Through in part to Truist’s investment, Hampton established a three-year strategic community outreach program that augments existing state and federal public health initiatives. Dr. Michelle Penn-Marshall, Vice President of Research, said, “To have the personnel needed to conduct COVID-19 test and to analyze and disseminate the results, we needed financial support. Truist’s investment aided in us hiring tow Laboratory Technicians for this purpose.”

Just a few of the impressive results of the Hampton University Mobile Clinic are as follows:  

  • From April to October 2021, more than 4,500 Hampton University faculty staff and students were administered the BinaxNOW COVID-19 antigen test monthly 
  • From April to October 2021, more than 600 faculty and staff members received a COVID-19 PCR test monthly
  • More than 3,227 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to persons aged 12 to 92 via the Hampton University Mobile Health Unit were administered for a period of six months.   As a result, Hampton University received the 2021 Peninsula Emergency Medical Services Special Recognition Award, titled “COVID-19 Response, Community Vaccination Clinic/Mobile Vaccination Clinic”
  • In May, Hampton University partnered with the Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center through which more than 22,000 veterans and their caregivers received COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Two vaccination clinics were held with the Virginia Department of Health where 987 Hampton Roads community received their first and second Moderna vaccines

About Hampton University

Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education, dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. Its curriculum emphasis is scientific and professional with a strong liberal arts under girding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of the highest quality. Research and public service are integral parts of Hampton's mission. In achieving its mission, Hampton University offers exemplary programs and opportunities that enable students, faculty and staff to grow, develop and contribute to our society in a productive and useful manner.


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