World AIDS Day 2016

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Originally conceived by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter of UNAIDS of the World Health Organization, World AIDS Day was initially observed on December 1, 1988. From then on, it has served as an important day in order to raise awareness of the medical strides made toward this ongoing pandemic, reflect upon the global impact of HIV/AIDS, and ultimately mourn the individuals that have died from the unfortunate disease. Nonetheless, on December 1, 2016 WorldMed, a student run organization on the USC Health Sciences Campus, partnered with the Eric Cohen Student Health Center of USC and AltaMed, a health organization that provides quality health services to underserved communities, in order to renew their commitment to a future free of HIV.

Throughout the day, the WorldMed booth provided free informational pamphlets, condoms, and HIV testing in order to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. Although the number of those newly diagnosed with HIV in the United States has significantly declined since 2005 that does not eradicate the strong efforts in public education regarding HIV/AIDS prevention. In fact, greater educational efforts should be made in vulnerable populations. As a result, WorldMed aimed to remind current and future healthcare professionals of their responsibility to serve their communities not only with quality healthcare services, but also with the appropriate knowledge to protect themselves and their loved ones from the HIV pandemic.

During World AIDS Day, passersby were asked to help spread awareness of the global AIDS pandemic by posing with relevant props for photographs to be featured on the student organization’s various social media platforms. The pictures will be utilized in hopes of prompting action in order to reduce HIV incidence rates and encourage individuals to learn more. Furthermore, WorldMed distributed information packets ranging from LGBTQ+ friendly health providers and HIV/AIDS resources by the handful during the event. Ultimately, the event served as a public service announcement to not only keep the disease at the forefront of the healthcare community’s mind, but also in order to celebrate how far they have come in improving the quality of life for those suffering from the HIV/AIDS and the significant success in reducing the numbers of those newly diagnosed with the disease throughout various populations.

A small fundraiser, which included the sales of Porto’s bakery goods and red ribbons, was also held with proceeds going toward Discovering Dialysis to help provide accessible dialysis machines to patients in various underserved communities. Ultimately, WorldMed does not only promote global health issues within the local community, but also seeks opportunities to be the hand that creates a lasting sustainable difference across the globe. WorldMed aims to create a platform in which undergraduates, graduates, prospective students, faculty, and staff can discuss and eliminate existing critical health challenges. Throughout the program, WorldMed hopes that its comprehensive effort to address international health topics and promote awareness in communities will enable its members to make a sustainable impact on the global burden of disease.

 

 

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LA Healthy Kids Fair 2016 Funding

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Join WorldMED in celebrating the Global Goals for Sustainable Development during Global Health Action Week, April 2-8! We will be holding several events that are educational and reach out to the community. Funds raised through this campaign will go towards purchasing food market gift cards for the children and families that attend the LA Healthy Kids Fair.

Tilt Page for Our Fundraiser!

A word from Briana Shipley, our awesome Co-Director of Philanthropy:

“Dear family and friends,

This semester, I have been working on a large event as a member of WorldMED, a student-run organization at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. I am very proud to introduce the “L.A. Healthy Kids Fair,” a community health initiative for LAUSD elementary school students and their families! The fair will be Sunday, April 17th.

While LAUSD is a large school district, we are focusing our efforts on schools in South Central and East LA, regions that have disproportionately less resources and opportunity. These are kids with parents who work 3 jobs, who sometimes don’t have a pencil to take notes with, and who often go to school without breakfast or to bed without dinner. I know it might seem so foreign to many of us, but these kids have so much hope and are the future of our city.

USC has thankfully helped us with much of the expense including providing almost all of the educational materials for the day, but I cannot help but want to give more lasting gifts to these kids. Being able to provide grocery store gift cards, school supplies, and toothbrushes are some of the simple life needs that we feel are priorities.

So please take just a couple of minutes to help us raise money on our Tilt page to make these purchases! Anything at all helps. Life should be about more than just survival, and these kids deserve to live it to the fullest. Thank you!”

L.A. Healthy Kids Fair 2016

Hello everyone!

We are very excited to host the L.A. Healthy Kids Fair 2016! We will have students from the elementary schools surrounding USC University Park Campus (aka the main campus) and their families to educate them about health and exercise. We will also be partnering with the various schools at USC and inviting student athletes. There will be many activities, food, and fun!

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The deets:

Place: Alumni Park (in front of Doheny Library at UPC – NOT McCarthy Quad)
Day: April 17th, Sunday
Time: 10AM – 6 PM (Please note that there are two volunteer shifts that are either earlier or later than these times.)
Volunteer Sign-up: Click me! 🙂

For any questions regarding LAHKF2016, please contact lahealthykidsusc@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there. Fight on!

WorldMed UPC Chapter

WorldMed is very excited to announce that a chapter will be starting on the USC University Park Campus (UPC a.k.a the main campus) soon! Going forward, we aim to host several events with our UPC chapter and create a lasting relationship together. We are delighted to welcome all to the UPC chapter!

The UPC chapter is currently in its beginning stages, and is now accepting applications for its 2016-2017 E-board positions. Below is the link to the application for clarity.

https://usckeck.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2a9bIszUZmCAIRv

If you have any questions about the UPC chapter, then please contact uscworldmed.upc@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Caroling for the Homeless

We are doing a little virtual caroling in the hopes that we can raise some money to support Khalsa Peace Corps and their food truck for the homeless. Just $2 can buy a meal for someone!

Major props to our Internal Vice President, Andy Truong, for caroling!

PLEASE DONATE:
https://www.youcaring.com/worldmed-a-global-health-initiative-483014 or
Venmo: @WorldMed-GM

KHALSA PEACE CORPS:
http://www.khalsapeacecorps.org
http://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal

World AIDS Day

WorldMed will be supporting World AIDS Day tomorrow! We’ll be at the Quad on the Health Sciences Campus from early morning to afternoon. Everyone is welcome to join us for photography, cupcakes, ribbons, etc. as we spread awareness and support!

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