Legacy Project Updates

 June 2014

The new student activity fair will be held on Thursday August 21st from 11-1pm in the Center for Healthy Living gym.

Bridge to Care-The Refugee Health Project

Bridge to Care organized and ran a large health fair at World Refugee Dayon June 21, 2014. With the help of over 60 volunteers from the College of Public Health, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and College of Pharmacy and twenty-six community booths which included direct services such as dental screenings, vision screenings with free eyeglasses, and health screenings for hypertension and diabetes, Bridge to Care was able to serve over 300 refugeesat World Refugee Day. Bridge to Care would like to thank all donors, volunteers, community partners, and refugees for making the health fair a great success!

 

The Refugee Health Collaborativemet at Lutheran Family Services on Tuesday, June 17th to discuss mental health issues affecting refugees, safe and healthy employment, as well as developments in refugee healthcare, which included five health insurance literacy sessions held with several refugee communities. The next health collaborative meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 15th, from 11:00-12:30 at Lutheran Family Services.

 

Do JuSTICe -The Jail STI Project

This project continues to provide STI education, screening, and treatment to inmates at the Douglas County Department of Corrections with ongoing sessions. During this academic year, over 100 student volunteers have educated and screening approximately 900 inmates. Testing and treatment sessions are planned for most weeks this summer. New students interested in joining the project should contact the Do JuSTIce president, Jennifer Sharrick, at jennifer.sharrick@unmc.edu for more information.

 

The Douglas County Youth Corrections STI education project, funded by a grant from the MTV Staying Alive Foundation (SAF), continues with ongoing sessions twice a month. So far, we have 30 active volunteers, and students have given educational presentations to 380 unique detainees. For more information, please contact Ashley Janssen at ashley.janssen@unmc.edu. We are in need of more student volunteers for the summer and beyond.

 

The abstract titled “Lessons learned from sexual health education programs with incarcerated individuals: from the adult jail to youth corrections” has been accepted for a poster presentation at The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality’s 2014 Annual Meeting: THE SEXUAL FRONTIER: Expanding our Community Reach in Research, Education, and Practice, held November 6-9, 2014 at the Hilton DoubleTree Downtown Omaha.

 

EMPOWER -The Domestic Violence Project

EMPOWER students presented at one health education session on June 30 on the topic of women’s health. The students also passed out a health education topics survey to gauge interest in topics for the fall cohort.

 

EMPOWER will host the Girls Leadership Academy from the Women’s Center for Advancement for a tour of the UNMC campus on July 31st. The girls will have the opportunity to see various disciplines on the campus and hear from faculty and students about different health professions.

 

Finding A Voice -The Homelessness Project

The Finding A Voice (FAV) project meets weekly at the Siena/Francis House. The creative workshop is held every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 pm, welcoming health professions and other students from the metro area. The Artists in Recovery (AIR) sessions are held Saturday evenings from 7:30-10 pm and are open to the public. Put on your ‘artistic’ hat or your ‘recovery’ one and check it out! All are welcome with dignity and respect. To learn more about the Finding A Voice program and to purchase a t-shirt to help support theprogram, please see the website http://www.findingavoiceproject.org. Students interested in taking a leadership role, should contact Ruti Margalit or Laura Vinson.

 

The Finding A Voice project is hosting an annual art exhibition, featuring art, music, and poetry from homeless participants in the Creative Workshop as well as Artists in Recovery. Original art and music will be available for purchase that will help secure FAV’s future at Siena Francis House. The exhibition will take place at Kent Bellows Studio (3303 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68105) Saturday, June 28th, from 6:30-9:00PM.

 

Decreasing the Donor Deficit (DDD) – Cancer Awareness and Bone Marrow Donor Recruitment

DDD aims to raise awareness of cancer treatment by bone marrow transplantation and to recruit new donors. DDD will resume activities at the start of the next semester.For more information, please contact DDD president, Ali McCabe at ali.mccabe@unmc.edu.