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CONNECT Community Paramedic Academy accepts OSN’s Silly Sock Challenge

Recently, a challenge (not unlike the the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge) was posed by Pittsburgh Mercy Health System. #PGHMercySillySocks challenged willing participants to wear funky (designed, not smelling) socks, take a photo or video, and post the media to a social media site of their choosing. The challenge also asked to make a donation of $5.00 or more to provide socks and other supplies to support Operation Safety Net. Then, “call out” 5 or more individuals or groups to do the same. Groups from around Pittsburgh have been participating since the April 19th start.

During our 2017 Spring Community Paramedic Academy we asked our instructors and students to “join in the silliness!” Afterwards, CONNECT Community Paramedics donated $200.00 to the cause and challenged a few of our friends to do the same.

If you would like to participate and donate, the donation page is here.
Recently, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System celebrated 25 years of Operation Safety Net® The internationally recognized OSN program was started in 1992 by Dr. Jim Withers – who was nominated in 2015 as a CNN Top 10 Hero “He partnered with street-savvy formerly homeless individuals and, initially dressing as a homeless person, began to make nighttime street rounds in the alleys and under the bridges of the city.” Since that beginning, the street medicine program has grown to include Case Management, a Medical Services Mobile Van, the WellSpring Drop-in Clinic, Medical Resident Education, and other projects for the homeless in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities). In the past 4 years alone, the program has “successfully helped 1,200 individuals who were once homeless to find a home of their own. In doing so, Operation Safety Net not only assists with providing affordable housing, but also offers hope, dignity, and a sense of community.”

The CONNECT Community Paramedic Program regularly connects our patients to OSN who may benefit from their services.

Mayor @billpeduto joins Operation Saftey Net for @PghMercy‘s #PGHMercySillySocks Challenge! Raising awareness for the homeless.

— The Next Pittsburgh (@TheNextPGH) April 20, 2017


Pittsburgh Mercy’s Website is here (Link:

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