Terra Dotta Collaborates with Equity Research and Innovation Center at Yale School of Medicine and White and Williams to Mitigate Higher Education Student Health Risks

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As Institutions Prepare for Reopening, Leading Higher Ed Organizations Collaborate on Proactive, Technology-Driven Approach to Monitor Student Health and Facilitate Rapid Interventions

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"We are proud to collaborate with the Equity Research and Innovation Center at Yale School of Medicine and White and Williams to help institutions develop safe practices as a shared responsibility among all members of the campus community.” --Anthony Rotoli, Terra Dotta CEO

Terra Dotta, the leader in higher education travel, study abroad and international program management solutions, today announced a new collaboration with the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at Yale School of Medicine and White and Williams LLP, a multi-practice law firm with a higher education practice. To help support universities and colleges preparing for students to return to campuses, the three organizations are collaborating to deliver a proactive, technology-driven tool to assist in mitigating health risks and monitoring student health.

"The higher education community’s guiding light is to serve students’ best interests, including welcoming students back onto campuses safely and with strong measures and policies in place that comply with CDC guidelines,” said Anthony Rotoli, CEO of Terra Dotta. “We are excited to combine Terra Dotta’s existing technology capabilities with best-practice health, safety and risk guidelines from the Equity Research and Innovation Center at Yale School of Medicine and White and Williams, to help institutions develop safe practices as a shared responsibility among all members of the campus community.”

The cloud-based solution, which includes a mobile app, will enable institutions to publish guidelines and standards of conduct for social distancing, mask requirements, and other health and safety guidelines to students, faculty and staff returning to campus through a checklist of required documents. More importantly, institutions will be able to record confirmation of readership and agreement to adhere to the guidelines.

Additionally, the new solution will provide in-app updates for continuous communication with students and in-app engagement to facilitate contact tracing.

“We have an established set of best practices and guidelines for maintaining the health and safety of students, faculty and staff once they return to campuses, however communicating the specific regulations and policies interactively to ensure participation and widespread adherence is a very real challenge for all universities and colleges,” said Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, director of Equity Research and Innovation at Yale School of Medicine. “By enabling proper health and risk mitigation guidelines with the right technology platform and engagement capabilities, we’ll be able to give students and institutions a higher level of confidence in monitoring and improving student health.”

The solution will also provide digital confirmation that each student has read and understood the content of the guidelines and their agreement to adhere to them.

“Having students return to campuses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold requires a planned, purposeful approach to mitigating risk and compliance with safety guidelines for students, faculty and staff,” said Nancy Conrad, Chair of the Higher Education Practice at White and Williams LLP. “We look forward to bringing the necessary capabilities and content together to assist institutions in implementing best safety practices for a return to campus.”

For more information please contact Terra Dotta at https://www.terradotta.com/return-to-campus.html

About Terra Dotta
Terra Dotta is the trusted leader in higher education travel, study abroad and international program management solutions. Over 600 universities and colleges use Terra Dotta’s enterprise-grade cloud solutions and mobile apps to automate and streamline all aspects of global collegiate travel and international student programs. The company’s solutions and expertise help higher education teams optimize study abroad and international programs enrollment, deliver real-time, GPS-driven travel communication for students and faculty, and ensure compliance and risk mitigation for international travel/scholar programs worldwide. Terra Dotta is based in Chapel Hill, N.C. and can be found at http://www.terradotta.com.

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