June 2013

Legacy Project Updates

Bridge to Care – The Refugee Project

  • The next health education session, on June 1, will engage the Somali refugees in the Omaha area about hypertension and diabetes. Students who attend will receive cultural competence training specific to the Somali population and will have an opportunity to interact with refugees. This will be the first of three upcoming sessions with the Somali population.
  • World Refugee Day is quickly approaching: June 22 at Benson High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bridge to Care program is organizing a health fair providing basic health screenings, ophthalmology, dental, and a variety of health education to all refugees from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Approximately 400 refugees are expected to attend the health fair and many more to attend World Refugee Day. Fifty volunteers already registered! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Laura Vinson at laura.vinson@unmc.edu.
  • The Refugee Health Collaborative, a forum designed to integrate, coordinate, and further develop initiatives addressing the well-being of refugees in our community, convened another meeting on April 28 with Omaha refugee leaders. A total of 32 people, representing several refugee service organizations and the UNMC COPH, are partnering to identify the best ways to further engage with refugees and how to better ascertain their needs. The next meeting will be held on June 2.

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. There are currently over 100 volunteers with active badges, and 12 students have volunteered within the last month. Seven more sessions are planned for this summer.
  • The Douglas County Youth Corrections STI education project, funded by a grant from the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, began on April 2. So far, we have 20 active volunteers, and students have given educational presentations to about 77 detainees. Volunteers are visiting the youth facility every other week on Wednesday evenings. For more information, please contact Stephanie Brennan at stephanie.brennan@unmc.edu or Cole Boyle at cole.boyle@unmc.edu. We are in need of more student volunteers for this summer and fall! Two students will be going to Kenya for a capacity-building training in June.

EMPOWER – The Domestic Violence Project

  • On May 20, the EMPOWER student board members met with the community partner, the Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA), to discuss program growth and goals for the next year. There was a lot of potential for growth discussed and new exciting opportunities. The bi-weekly health education sessions will begin in July at the WCA. The EMPOWER program monthly discussion group about women’s issues for all female students at UNMC held two sessions this spring about domestic violence and sex trafficking. Sessions will resume again in August 2013.
  • The EMPOWER program hosted the WCA Leadership Academy youth at UNMC on April 29 to expose them to health profession career opportunities. A total of seven middle-school-aged girls and two supervisors participated an interactive tour of UNMC by the EMPOWER board members. The group visited the Clinical Skills Lab and heard about the role of physicians and nurses, while practicing taking a blood pressure assessment. The group then learned about pharmacy and participated in a “medication” compounding activity. The youth also toured the library, where the history of medicine, research, and plagiarism were all discussed. Each participant was given an EMPOWER t-shirt and wristband to remember this experience. It is anticipated that there will be another interactive tour in the fall of 2013.

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 to 4:30 p.m., welcoming health professions and other students from the metro area. The Artists in Recovery sessions are held Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. and are open to the public. Sessions have consistently involved 80-90 people each week! 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 FAV program and to purchase a t-shirt to help support the program, please see the web site http://www.findingavoiceproject.org/.

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

  • Developed in 2008, DDD aims to raise awareness of cancer treatment by bone-marrow transplantation and to recruit new donors. The DDD program held its first annual “Dig Us Out of the Donor Deficit” volleyball tournament at O’Leaver’s Volleyball on May 4. A total of 18 volleyball teams entered the tournament and a total of $1,903 was raised, most of which was donated to Be The Match.

Student Leadership Forum

  • The monthly Student Leadership Forums bring the leaders of the legacy projects together to foster collaboration and build leadership and other professional skills. The next forum will be held in August 2013.

 

May 2013

Legacy Project Updates

Bridge to Care – The Refugee Project

  • Welcome New Board Members 2013-2014!

President: Andrew Lemke

Co-Vice President: Caci Schulte

Co-Vice President: Josh Blood

Secretary: Carolyn Corn

Mentoring Chair Elect: Gabrielle Mock

Co-Session Coordinators: Messan Ametitovi

Co-Session Coordinators: Deeko Hassan

Evaluator: Andrea Langeveld

Grant Coordinator: Li Yin

COPH Representative: Tyler Irvine

COP Representative: Sarah Paasch

COM Representative: Autumn Kresha

COM Representative: Allyson Hynes

  • On April 13, at the Yates Community Center, a health education session with the Bhutanese refugee population was held by the Bridge to Care project about diabetes and stroke. Prior to the event, a cultural competency presentation about refugees was provided to better train the health profession students. This event was attended by 10 students and 30 refugees. The next health education session will engage the Somali refugees on June 1.
  • World Refugee Day is quickly approaching: June 22 at Benson High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bridge to Care program is organizing a health fair providing basic health screenings, ophthalmology, dental, and a variety of health education to all refugees from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Approximately 400 refugees are expected to attend the health fair and many more to attend World Refugee Day.
  • We have facilitated the creation of the Refugee Health Collaborative, a forum designed to integrate, coordinate, and further development of initiatives addressing the well-being of refugees in our community. On April 28, representatives from all involved community organizations and the College of Public Health met with refugee groups from the Omaha community. The current focus is to identify the best ways to further engage with refugees and how to better ascertain their needs.

Do JuSTICe – The Jail STI Project

  • Welcome new board members 2013-2014!

UNMC President: Jenny Sharrick

Co-Vice Presidents: Sydney Rees and Greg Ely

Creighton President: Debbie Chang

Co-Vice Presidents: Alex Pham and Alyssa Hickert

DCYC Coordinator: Stephanie Brennan

COPH Representative: Gulnaz Kurbaniyazova

  • The PHTC funded HIV screening pilot project, which offered free HIV screenings to the inmates being released from the jail, wrapped up on March 27. We were able to reach our target goal of 300 screenings. A special thanks to all the participating students, community partners, and DCDC staff for a successful project!
  • The Douglas County Youth Corrections (DCYC) STI education project, funded by a grant from MTV Staying Alive Foundation, began on April 2. So far, students have given educational presentations in three units. Volunteers will now be visiting the youth facility every other week on Wednesday evenings. For more information, please contact Stephanie Brennan at stephanie.brennan@unmc.edu. We are in need of more student volunteers for this summer and fall!

EMPOWER – The Domestic Violence Project

  • Welcome new board members 2013-2014!

President: Celeste Reker, COPH

Vice President: Chelsea Dean, COPH

Co-Event/Session Coordinators: Riley Machal, COM and Megan Bombeck, COP

Fundraising Chair/Grant Writer: Charleen Phan, COP

Public Relations: Jill Wagoner, COM

Student Representative, SAHP: Michaela Schweitzer, PT

Student Representative, COM: Erin Groenewold

Student Representative, COP: Paige Lux

Student Representative, COPH: Chioma Amadi

Clinic Evaluator: Irsa Shoiab, COM

Discussion Group Coordinator: Sarbi Bekmuratova, COPH

  • The EMPOWER project held its annual Jimi D’s Fundraiser on April 5h and raised $664! On April 29, the Women’s Center for Advancement Leadership Academy participated in a tour of UNMC’s campus, hosted by the EMPOWER project. Middle school females attended this event and experienced the simulation lab and pharmacy compounding activity, and toured the library.
  • The EMPOWER program started a monthly discussion group about women’s issues for all female students at UNMC. Two sessions have been held this spring about domestic violence and sex trafficking. Sessions will resume again in August 2013.
  • The bi-weekly health education sessions are beginning again next month at the WCA.

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 3:45 to 5 p.m., welcoming health professions and other students from the metro area. The Artists in Recovery sessions are held Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. and are open to the public. Sessions have been drawing crowds of 100-140 people each week! Put on your ‘artistic’ hat or your ‘recovery’ one and check it out! All are welcome with dignity and respect. The Finding A Voice Annual Exhibition was held at the 906 Studio on April 6, and over 400 people attended. The FAV exhibition closing was held on April 24, with over 40 people in attendance to wrap up another successful exhibition!

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

  • Welcome new board members 2013-2014!

Co-President: Ali Blum

Co-President: Kirk Vodicka

Vice President: Beth Wegman

Fundraising Chair: Autumn Keiser

Communication Chair: Tyler Hitchler

COM2 Representatives: Shaila Gregory, Brent Albracht, Kaitlin Zentic

COP Representatives: Denae Wolken & Megan Bombeck

  • Developed in 2008, DDD aims to raise awareness of cancer treatment by bone marrow transplantation and to recruit new donors. The DDD program is holding a “Dig us out of the Donor Deficit” volleyball tournament at O’Leaver’s Volleyball on May 4 at 12 p.m. This event will serve as a fundraiser for “Be the Match” and DDD.

Student Leadership Forum

  • The last Student Leadership Forum for this academic year was held on April 2 and included all 32 newly elected and outgoing student board members. This monthly forum brings the leaders of the legacy projects together to foster collaboration and build leadership and other professional skills. A focus of the upcoming forum will be how to use brainstorming to better meet needs and overcome challenges within each legacy project and plan the succession of leaders. The next forum will be held in August 2013.

 

April 2013

Legacy Project Updates

Bridge to Care – The Refugee Project

  • On March 2 at the Yates Community Center, a health education session with the Bhutanese refugee population was held by the Bridge to Care project in partnership with Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing. Clinical screenings, including blood pressure, blood glucose, height, and weight, as well as free flu shots, were provided. In addition, UNMC health professions students presented on what these health screenings mean. Prior to the event, a cultural competency presentation about refugees was provided to better train the health professions students. This event was attended by 21 students and 35 refugees. The next health education session on April 13 at the Yates Community Center will engage the Bhutanese refugees and focus on stroke leading to paralysis.
  • We have facilitated the creation of the Refugee Health Collaborative—a forum designed to integrate, coordinate, and further the development of initiatives addressing the well-being of refugees in our community. Twenty members from 11 organizations currently participate in the forum. We are working in two directions: (1). community engagement – planning service-related activities with refugee leaders, directed at addressing community-identified needs, and (2) integrating various data sources available in order to build a clear cohort of the refugees. Data from this cohort will assist in research, funding, and directing interventions. A meeting of the collaborative was held on February 26 at UNMC, and the next meeting will be held on April 8.

Do JuSTICe – The Jail STI Project

  • The Do JuSTIce project continues to provide STI education, screening, and treatment to the inmates at the Douglas County Department of Corrections, with the participation of UNMC students and COM students from Creighton.
  • The PHTC funded HIV screening pilot project, offering free HIV screenings to the inmates being released from the jail, began on February 11. The project is scheduled to screen approximately 300 individuals and so far approximately 297 inmates have been screened.

EMPOWER – The Domestic Violence Project

  • The EMPOWER project will hold its annual Jimi D’s Fundraiser on April 5 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase in advance, with chances to win great prizes! Tickets for entry are $5 and will be sold on campus April 1–5 from noon to 1 p.m., and at the door. The ticket gets you great specials, plus the first 50 in the door get a free sandwich coupon to Chick-Fil-A and all tickets will be entered in a drawing for great prizes. Additional $1 raffle tickets will be sold separately to place you in the drawing for the ultimate prize—to be announced soon!
  • The bi-weekly health education sessions are beginning again next month at the WCA.

Finding A Voice – The Homelessness Project

  • The Finding A Voice project meets weekly at the Siena/Francis House. The creative workshop is held every Thursday from 3:45 to 5 p.m., welcoming health professions and other students from the metro area. The Artists in Recovery sessions are held Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. and are open to the public. Sessions have been drawing crowds of 100-140 people each week!!! Put on your ‘artistic’ hat or your ‘recovery’ one and check it out! All are welcome with dignity and respect. Save the date! The Finding A Voice Annual Exhibition will take place at the 906 Studio on Saturday, April 6, 6-9 p.m.

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

  • Developed in 2008, DDD aims to raise awareness about cancer treatment by bone-marrow transplantation and recruit new donors. Be The Match, the national organization, is our community partner. A donor registration drive was held on March 23 at the Black Family Health and Wellness Fair. Twenty-four individuals registered with Be The Match to become potential donors.

Student Leadership Forum

  • The next monthly Student Leadership Forum will be held on April 2 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. This forum brings the leaders of the legacy projects together to foster collaboration and build leadership and other professional skills. A focus of the upcoming forum will be how to use brainstorming to better meet needs and overcome challenges within each legacy project and plan the succession of leaders.

 

March 2013

Legacy Project Updates

Bridge to Care – The Refugee Project

  • The Bridge to Care project held a health education session for metro area Bhutanese refugees on February 2 at Yates Community Center, with 31 refugees and seven students. The session covered the topics of depression and suicide. The session included a cultural competency presentation for students, followed by the students’ educational presentation about depression. Claire Herzog, a local professional, presented on the topic of suicide.
  • On Saturday, March 2, at the Yates Community Center, another health education session with the Bhutanese refugee population will take place in partnership with Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing. Clinical screenings, including blood pressure, blood glucose, height, and weight, as well as free flu shots, will be provided. In addition, UNMC health professions students will give presentations on what these health screenings mean. Prior to the event, a cultural competency presentation about refugees will be provided to better train the health professions students.
  • We have facilitated the creation of the Refugee Health Collaborative, a forum designed to integrate, coordinate, and further development of initiatives addressing the well-being of refugees in our community. Twenty members from 11 organizations currently participate in the forum. We are working in two directions: (1) Community engagement – planning service-related activities with refugee leaders, directed at addressing community identified needs, and (2) integrating various data sources available in order to build a clear cohort of refugees. Data from this cohort will assist in research, funding, and directing interventions. The forum met on February 26.

Do JuSTICe – The Jail STI Project

  • The Do JuSTIce project continues to provide STI education, screening, and treatment to the inmates at the Douglas County Department of Corrections, with the participation of UNMC students and COM students from Creighton.
  • We mourn the passing of Barb Glaser, program coordinator for the in-house programs at the jail, and long-time supporter and partner of the STI education/screening/treatment program, who died in an accident.
  • Two special projects are proceeding:

1. The PHTC-funded HIV screening pilot project, offering free HIV screenings to the inmates being released from the jail began on February 11. The project is scheduled to screen approximately 300 individuals. Seventy-seven inmates were screened during the first two weeks.

2. We received a grant from the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and will expand activities to the Douglas County Youth Center, providing health education to youth inmates.

EMPOWER – The Domestic Violence Project

  • On Valentine’s Day, February 14, EMPOWER, in partnership with Nebraska Methodist College, hosted various speakers and performances over the lunch hour marking “One Billion Rising,” a worldwide event demanding an end to violence against women. This event, attended by 35 students and faculty members, aimed at inviting one billion women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to the violence!
  • The EMPOWER project will hold its annual Jimi D’s Fundraiser on April 5 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase in advance, with chances to win great prizes! More details to come soon!
  • The biweekly health education sessions are beginning again next month at the Women’s Center for Advancement.

Finding A Voice – The Homelessness Project

  • The Finding A Voice project meets weekly at the Siena/Francis House. The creative workshop is held every Thursday from 3:45 to 5 p.m., welcoming health professions and other students from the metro area. The Artists in Recovery sessions are held Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. and are open to the public. Sessions have been drawing crowds of 100-140 people each week! Put on your “artistic” or your “recovery” hat and check it out! All are welcome, with dignity and respect. Save the Date! The Finding A Voice Annual Exhibition will take place at the 906 Studio on Saturday, April 6, 6-9 p.m.

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

  • Developed in 2008, DDD aims to raise awareness of cancer treatment by bone marrow transplantation and to recruit new donors. Be The Match, the national organization, is our community partner. A donor registration drive will be held on March 23 at the Black Family Health and Wellness Fair.
  • A Schwartz Center Round on February 19 featured a panel of health professionals, transplant recipients, a caregiver, a donor, and a student to discuss bone marrow donation. Thank you to our panelists: Kassandra Connell, Decreasing the Donor Deficit student leader, COM M2; Anthony Ross, bone marrow recipient; Stephanie Ross, wife/caregiver; Mojtaba Akhtari, MD; Risa Zimmerman, PA/C; Seun Adebiyi, double cord blood transplant recipient; Maggie Tirney, UNMC PT student and bone marrow donor (on 11/23/2012). Challenges for patients undergoing bone marrow transplants, trust in the health care team, and the value of interprofessional collaboration were some of the highlights discussed by the panel. The event was attended by 75 UNMC students, faculty members, and staff.

Student Leadership Forum

  • The next monthly Student Leadership Forum will be held on April 2 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. This forum brings the leaders of the legacy projects together to foster collaboration and build leadership and other professional skills. A focus of the upcoming forum will be how to use brainstorming to better meet needs and overcome challenges within each legacy project and plan the succession of leaders.

 

February 2013

Legacy Project Updates

Bridge to Care—The Refugee Project

  • The Bridge to Care program held a health education session for Sudanese refugees on December 1, in partnership with UNMC ophthalmology and OneWorld Community Health Center. Refugees participated in an education session to learn about the importance of vaccinations, received a free flu-shot (donated by OneWorld), completed a vision screening, and were fitted as needed for eye glasses. A total of 70 Crestview Village residents benefited from the services, made possible by 12 UNMC students and eight additional volunteers from UNMC. Over the past year, the UNMC optic shop, under the leadership of Lori Cervantes, has donated over 400 used premeasured glasses to the SLA projects. The next BTC health education session is planned for February 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., with the Bhutanese community to address depression and suicide.

Do JuSTICe—The Jail STI Project

  • The Do JuSTIce project continues to provide STI education, screening, and treatment to the inmates at the Douglas County Department of Corrections. The HIV screening pilot project, offering free HIV screenings to the inmates being released from the jail, is scheduled to begin in the second week of January 2013. For further information, please contact Raees Shaikh at raees.shaikh@unmc.edu.
  • Theresa Tonozzi, MPH student and board member of the student–community co-led project, was awarded the best poster award for her poster titled “Analysis of the Douglas County Corrections Inmate STD Survey” during the 2012 COPH Student Research conference on November 30.

EMPOWER—The Domestic Violence Project

  • Empower will begin its next sessions at the Women’s Center for Advancement, engaging a new cohort February 2013. The project is currently improving the health education curriculum by implementing small group activities to reinforce the health education topics discussed. The improvement of the curriculum will offer more service-learning opportunities for students, while expanding the educational offerings for women participating in the EMPOWER program.
  • On Valentine’s Day, February 14, EMPOWER, in partnership with Nebraska Methodist College, will host various speakers and performances over the lunch hour, marking VDay’s 15th anniversary with “One Billion Rising,” a worldwide event demanding an end to violence against women. This event aims to invite one billion women and those who love them to “Walk Out, Dance, Rise Up, and Demand” an end to the violence. Events will be held in MSC 3002 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event will continue at Nebraska Methodist College at 90th and Dodge from 4 to 6 p.m.

Finding A Voice—The Homelessness Project

  • The Finding A Voice project meets weekly at the Siena/Francis House. The creative workshop is held every Thursday from 3:45 to 5 p.m., and the Artists in Recovery sessions are held Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. and are open to the public. Sessions have been drawing crowds of 60-80 people each week! Put on your “artistic” or your “recovery” hat and check it out! All are welcome with dignity and respect. Save the date! The Finding A Voice Annual Exhibition will take place at the 906 Studio on Saturday, April 6, 6-9 p.m.

Student Leadership Forum

  • The next monthly Student Leadership Forum will be held on February 12, 4-5:15 p.m. This forum brings the leaders of the legacy projects together to foster collaboration and build leadership and other professional skills.