Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program
The Medicine & the Muse Program is the home for the arts and humanities at the medical school, with programs that support diversity and integrate the arts and humanities into medical education, scholarly endeavors, and the practice of medicine. Stanford Medicine & the Muse showcases weekly virtual concerts of musical performances by Stanford Medicine faculty, residents, staff, students & friends.
COVID-19 Response Innovation Lab
The COVID-19 Response Innovation Lab, affiliated with the Stanford Biosecurity program, is an incubation initiative that supports ventures responding to pressing issues arising as a result of COVID-19. The lab currently supports 16 active projects tackling areas ranging from diagnostics to PPE production to distant socializing solutions, such as Virtual Companions.
Solidarity 3 Generations (S3G)
Solidarity 3 Generations (S3G) is a dynamic association that was created in Paris, France in November 2012. S3G strives to foster intergenerational relationships by connecting people to senior communities. Since 2012, the association has built numerous partnerships and organized many events with the 65+ community.
S3G is currently sharing its best practices and experiences with Virtual Companions. By doing so, we are fully ready to assist our senior communities around the world during this unprecedented crisis.
S3G members have proven to be very creative in strengthening intergenerational connections. All-year-long, they organize concerts, dancing competitions, digital workshops, and cooking classes, just to name a few examples. All these initiatives alleviate the loneliness that the senior communities may experience. These are also wonderful opportunities for people to make a positive social impact while sharing their passions.
United Students for Veterans’ Health
USVH strives to help long-term care patients in Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospitals by bringing student volunteers to engage the Veterans. Patients in long-term care at the VA Hospitals are often elderly, in many cases suffering from cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Outside of family visits and planned events, patients may experience loneliness and confusion. The primary goal of USVH is to connect with veterans and make them feel appreciated.
USVH Stanford chapter is partnering with Virtual Companions by providing volunteers and sharing their volunteer training guidelines.
Stanford Presence 5
Supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and directed by Donna Zulman, MD, MS, and Abraham Verghese, MD, the Presence 5 team aims to redesign the clinical encounter to foster humanism and meaningful connections between clinicians and patients. Their objective is to inspire a shift in care from institutional procedure to clinical ritual grounded in scientific evidence and humanism, and in doing so enhance patient experience and clinician well-being, and support patient-centered, safe, and effective care.
Presence 5 supports Virtual Companions through their research on humanism in medicine, their community partnership principles, and institutional support.
Stanford Haas Center for Public Service
The Haas Center for Public Service inspires Stanford University to realize a more just and sustainable world through service, scholarship, and community partnerships. The Haas Center has graciously provided us with financial support, as well as guidance in helping our initiative uphold the principles of ethical and meaningful service and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We also receive guidance on working with senior communities and training on interacting with minors.