[MHCP med health careers program] MAPS Event for American Heart Month - Volunteer Opportunity

Medical & Health Careers Program med-health-careers at lists.ucr.edu
Tue Feb 8 10:49:24 PST 2011


The UCR chapter of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)
and the Loma Linda chapter of the Student National Medical Association
(SNMA) have partnered with the American Heart Association to reach out to
the Riverside community to reduce stroke risk among African Americans. 


For the month of February, the Loma Linda medical students will be screening
African American Riverside residents for blood pressure, cholesterol and
blood glucose. In addition to screening, each patient will receive
counseling on dietary, lifestyle practices, and risk factors associated with
heart disease and stroke, which our MAPS undergrads will be providing.  The
goal of this program is to catch patients who are at high risk for stroke
and also to educate and inform patients on how to modify, treat, or control
risk factors to improve heart health and to prevent heart disease, diabetes,
and stroke.  We have already scheduled 2 screening events in the Riverside
area, with more to come as the month progresses. 


We need YOU to participate by counseling for each patient after screening.


This program is not intended to take a significant amount of time out of
your schedule.  If you are interested in participating at any of the
screenings this month, please attend our MANDATORY training seminar
scheduled for this Thursday, February 10. The director of African American
Programs for the American Heart Association will provide information about
the program and to provide training for the screening program.



Loma Linda University

Centennial Complex, room 3226

Dinner will be provided for those students who RSVP to Mariessa Edmonson
medmo001 at ucr.edu


Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer in the U.S.? While this
fact in itself is alarming and cause for action, even more disturbing is the
fact that African Americans have 2x higher risk for having a first stroke
compared to non-Hispanic whites, and the prevalence of high blood pressure
among African Americans in the U.S. is the highest in the WORLD.  In
addition, African Americans aged 35-54 have 4X the relative risk for stroke
compared to any other group. This information may sound a bit discouraging,
but it is intended to empower you to do something to make a difference and
change these statistics for the better!!

Please note: You do not have to be a MAPS member to participate. This is
open to all students willing to make a difference. Please respond to
medmo001 at ucr.edu in order for us to estimate the number of students
attending and so that you will be provided with a meal or if you have
Mariessa Edmonson

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences - Biological Sciences

Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students Co-President


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