The Wright Center for Community Health presents at-home COVID-19 test kits to Friedman Jewish Community Center, community partners

The Wright Center for Community Health joined in the federally led coronavirus response by distributing COVID-19 at-home self-tests to community partners in Northeast Pennsylvania, including the Friedman Jewish Community Center, Kingston; and McGlynn Learning Center and Volunteers of America of Wilkes-Barre.

Overall, The Wright Center disbursed about 23,000 free at-home test kits, which were supplied to the center as part of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s COVID-19 Testing Supply Program. Of the total, more than half The Wright Center’s allotment of kits were supplied to the general public. Health center patients and employees also received the self-test kits in an effort to contain community spread of the potentially fatal virus.

The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement, a subsidiary of The Wright Center for Community Health, mobilized volunteers, including board members, resident physicians and employees, to distribute the kits in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. 

The Wright Center also organized and staffed five drive-through distributions of free kits in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. Three of those kit giveaways were held at the organization’s Mid Valley Practice in Jermyn. Two giveaways were completed in Luzerne County, one in conjunction with the Kingston Fire Department and one in partnership with Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke.

As a community partners, the Jewish Community Alliance of Northeastern Pennsylvania received a supply of children’s reusable masks and 45 test kits, and quickly distributed the masks and rapid antigen tests safely into members’ hands.

The Wright Center for Community Health, in conjunction with The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement, distributed COVID-19 at-home self-tests to the Friedman Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Kingston. Accepting the test kits, from left, are Dr. Soloman Saul, a Friedman JCC board member and Family Medicine resident physician at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education; Gary Bernstein, CEO, Jewish Community Alliance of NEPA; and Barbara Sugarman, adult and cultural director, Friedman JCC.

Gary Bernstein, the alliance’s CEO, appreciated the in-demand health care supplies, which were given to senior adults participating in the Friedman Jewish Community Center’s Men’s Club and exercise class for people with Parkinson’s disease in Kingston. “I always tell people ‘community’ is our middle name,” said Bernstein. “Collaboration with The Wright Center is very important to me and our organization. It’s like-minded organizations working together to strengthen the community.”

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