Siemens Donates 100 Chromebooks to Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta to directly address the digital divide in students’ access to technology
A study by MSM found that 69 percent of its students were educationally impacted by the pandemic without in-home access to a computer or broadband services
October 21, 2022
Siemens today announced a donation of 100 Chromebooks to Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta as part of the company’s laptop donation program launched last year to address equity in education and bridge the digital divide in schools.
"Morehouse School of Medicine is grateful to Siemens for this generous gift," said MSM Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean Joseph A. Tyndall, MD, MPH. "These Chromebooks will benefit so many of our students, beginning in our middle school pipeline programs to our interprofessional Education Student council in their community engagement activity. This gift will allow us to build on the technological tools they need to succeed as we further MSM's mission of creating and advancing health equity."
More than one million Georgians are significantly affected by lack of access to technology devices or reliable high-speed internet service. In a world that increasingly relies on technology, the educational outcomes of students without of access to technology devices will continue to be significantly impacted. Bridging this digital divide is paramount to adequately address these issues and to better prepare students for success. To mitigate these inequities, MSM will utilize the Google Chromebook devices provided by Siemens for the following:
• Clinical Outreach
• Student-operated Health Equity for All Lives (H.E.A.L.) Clinic
• Community Health Course Outreach
• Healthcare App Development
• Data Science/Analytics
• Public Health Research
• Science Research and Data Collection
• Virtual Field Trips
“At Siemens, we know that technology can be used to help promote equity, including accessibility to educational resources,” said Deborah Forssman, head of Siemens IT Americas. “We’re thrilled to continue our support in this third Chromebook donation to advance equity in education to help students receive the learning, support and guidance they need to succeed.”
This most recent donation aligns with Siemens’ ongoing commitment to drive meaningful, measurable impact towards closing the opportunity gap in underserved communities. Earlier this year, Siemens provided a total of $140,000 in grants to Black-owned businesses to support diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship and business development. Annually, Siemens spends $1.2 billion doing business with companies owned by women, people of color, veterans, and people with disabilities, among other diverse owners.
This mission is also advanced through the work of the Siemens Foundation, the non-profit organization established by Siemens USA, and its $1.4M donation to support COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities. Additional donations are supporting Community Development Financial Institutions to support social and economic equity in racially diverse communities, community health organizations to improve health disparities among communities of color, and efforts by the National League of Cities to support cities in creating equitable career outcomes for marginalized youth and young adults.
Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is committed to improving the health and well-being of the communities that surround Atlanta and the underserved populations throughout Georgia. To enhance career success, student participants receive training in critical thinking and meta skills, biomedical research, standardized test preparation, mentoring, exposure to career pathways, App development and more. With support from the Siemens Foundation, MSM has helped to directly address COVID-19 vaccination adoption among Georgia residents, providing education and resources, while eliminating barriers to vaccine access. In addition, MSM implemented a course entitled “Health IT to Health Equity” at multiple high schools in Atlanta. This course teaches students to research and design technology-focused healthcare interventions that benefit underserved and underrepresented communities.
For more information on MSM, visit: https://www.msm.edu/
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