After COVID-19 scrapped their clinical rotations in 2020, five South Bay nursing students turned their focus to educating children about the virus.
Elaine Pham, Liz Nguyen, Elaine Fu, Vivian Doan and Tina Tran created the 15-page book “Let’s Learn About COVID-19” containing coloring diagrams, crossword puzzles and other activities that explain the virus.
Nguyen, Fu, Doan and Tran are San Jose State students, while Pham studies at San Francisco State.
“We wanted to reach out to not just the children but also their families so they could also be educated,” Fu said.
Among the activities in the book, Nguyen said she designed a word search that distinguishes the differences in COVID-19 symptoms of children and adults.
“It’s making sure that you know how to cope with what’s going on in the world because it can be scary,” Nguyen said.
The students came up with the idea to educate kids in San Jose’s Overfelt neighborhood for the Community Health Partnership, a nonprofit health care provider. The nonprofit printed 2,800 books, which cost $2,122.
Community Health Partnership’s school health clinic, Planned Parenthood’s East Side Clinic and Mar Monte Community Clinic will receive 400 copies. The rest will be distributed by community health workers during outreach programs.