Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose Training #1

Good afternoon CHIPsters!

What does exactly does “120/80″ mean? 120/80mmHg is the standard blood pressure reading, where 120mmHg is the pressure* when the heart pumps blood to parts of the body (contracting), and 80mmHg is the pressure* when the heart relaxes and fills with blood before the next contraction (refilling). Does it mean the same thing to every single person? Blood pressure readings vary from person to person as it depends upon their diet, age, and genetic makeup…

Come find out the remaining information about BP & BG at our next Training Session on Wednesday Oct. 22nd at 7:45pm in TCC 432. Register for the event on the Event Signup page!

*pressure=the force exerted by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels

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FAME Health Fair (10/11/14)

Last Saturday, we had our first FAME Health Fair of the year! WE spent about 4 hours at this site and had about 6 volunteers. In addition to that, the FAME Church was holding their own health fair, with other health professionals and schools. Overall we administered blood pressure and blood glucose testing to over 30 people. Special thanks to our e-board members Josh, Kyle and Annie , as well as our USC volunteers Mindy, Tiffany, and Leslie!! It was great to see everyone, not only at USC, but also in the community come together and work towards a common cause! I hope to see more volunteers next time!

 

Best,

 

Pratik Doshi

Wilshire Vermont

Hey CHIPsters!

Last month we had the opportunity to provide health screenings to an apartment complex in Koreatown. We provided blood pressure and blood glucose to the residents and the workers at the building. Although not as many people came for the screenings in comparison to the previous times we went there, it was a still a successful healthsite screening! We had our regulars come by and even have a small chat with us.

Thank you to Wilshire Vermont for always welcoming us and special thanks to Kamil, Oscar, and Alexandra for joining us!

Come join us at our future HHF events!

Best,

Annie

SouthPark 09/30/14

Hey Everyone!

 

About two weeks ago, we had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the local recreational center at Southpark. After spending two hours at this health site, we were able to provide screenings to approximately 20 patients, an overall great turnout! Our USC volunteers, Maggie and Rachel, showed great poise and enthusiasm in working with the community members at Southpark. Similarly, our E-board members Danny and Dustin demonstrated excellent leadership in communicating with the volunteers and organizing the incoming patients. It was great to see everyone working for a common cause–to improve health awareness and education throughout the local community. I look forward to seeing everyone else at future health sites!

 

Best Regards,

Tri M. Tran

Hoover Elementary

Hi Fellow CHIPsters!

Last month we went to the Hoover Elementary Kids Health Site and taught the elementary kids about germs and hygiene. The kids got to draw and create their own version of germs with pipe cleaners. After they finished creating their germs, we went outside and played  hot potato and virus (freeze tag). In the end, we concluded by telling the kids that the best way to prevent oneself from getting sick is to WASH YOUR HANDS! We had a blast and we hope to see you all that the next Hoover Kids Health Site!

 

Best wishes,

Oscar Chen

EXPO Kids Health Site Livescan

Hey CHIPsters!

 

Last week, we got livescanned and fingerprinted for the EXPO Kids Health Site. This health site requires livescanning and fingerprinting which is where you give them your social security number and driver’s license or passport. This is good for your entire time at USC and then gives you priority for sign-ups at EXPO! EXPO is a great way to teach kids about health and their well-being and they’re always super enthusiastic. We have an event coming up on Monday, October 20th where we will be teaching them about germs. If you haven’t been livescanned and would like to, please email Jessica.thai@yahoo.com for more information. It takes about 15 minutes and you will get a point as well :)

 

Until next time!

Jessica

Fall 2014 Info Sessions

Hey CHIPsters! Thank you to those of you who were able to make it out to our Info Sessions! If you were unable to attend, please check out this presentation to see what you missed!

Wilshire Vermont

Hey CHIPsters!

Last Wednesday, a couple of the volunteers and I had the opportunity to go to Wilshire Vermont located in KoreaTown to provide glucose and blood pressure screenings. Though the site kept getting pushed back because due to scheduling issues, we were finally able to go! The site was a little slower than usual, but it was nice to see a couple of old faces. One of of them  taught us a few Korean words!

Thank you, Mindy, Norah, Falinda, and Elaine for coming out! And thank you, Jennifer for always driving us to Wilshire Vermont this past semester!

This was the last Wilshire Vermont site this semester, but hope to see more of you the next school year! Good luck on finals and see you all next semester!

Annie Lee

A Little Help From Our Friends

Often times, people who start out as doctors or in the medical field find out that they also enjoy coordinating projects and managing different groups of people. Many doctors make the transition from the exam table to the board-room and many hospitals are glad to offer executive positions to former doctors. A good way to get connected to potential employers is with executive search firms, they are full of representatives that are eager to connect talented individuals with large corporations.

Many students who are looking to work in the health care industry travel abroad to study and work in different areas of the world. Many employers like to see a well-rounded experience and volunteer work in another country can help you achieve that goal. If you are looking to work or travel in Hong Kong, make sure you get your staying arrangements worked out well in advance, many travelers will tell you accommodation in Hong Kong.

Any students that are looking to start their own Medical Practice, or to work in hospital administration, need to know the ins and outs of employment law. Not knowing specific details about employee rights might get your practice into trouble. If you are ever in doubt about policies or actions that you might be implementing in your job, make sure to talk to an attorney, someone who specializes in employment law. If you decide to remain in the Bay Area Having a reputable employment lawyer in San Francisco to help with big decisions might be a wise investment down the road.

 

Berendo Middle School

Hi CHIPsters!

Recently we had our last trip to Berendo Middle School for the semester. As the faculty requested, we presented on myths and facts of puberty and topics relating to sex. The students were all very eager to learn, as the lesson plan was designed for the students to play a game throughout the lecture. The adolescents we teach at this middle school are always enthusiastic and exciting to teach. We were sad to say bye and wish them all a fun summer, but can’t wait to return to them in the fall!

Natasha G.