Good luck with finals, and see you next quarter!
Wow! An entire quarter has already passed! Week Zero seems only like yesterday. Well, while you all are gearing up for finals, let's take a look at some of our events over the past quarter!
Every week this quarter, our Preventive Health component directors have been setting up health sites at Seafood City Panorama City and Carson to spread awareness about hypertension. The PCH members who have attended health sites have gained valuable experience by interacting with the community, screening people for hypertension, and helping collect data for the health schools.
Our Fall Quarter Pre-Health Panel brought together members of PCH with health professionals in a very informative networking event. One of our panelists was even a PCH alum! Awesome job, PHAM!
This year our Health Fair directors set up our first fall quarter health fair at Holy Family Church! This event was a great success, servicing many members of the community. We're looking forward to the next two health fairs this year! We hope you join us!
These are only a few of the many events we held this quarter. If you haven't been with us, we'd like to invite you to what the rest of the year has in stores, so come join us next quarter and see what PCH can do for you, and what you can do for your community!
Good luck with finals, and see you next quarter!
Because of the ongoing efforts to send aid and relief to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the Daily Bruin has featured some Pilipino organizations, including PCH, in an article last week. To read the full article, click the graphics below.
I'm sure you all have heard by know of the massive destructive forces that has left six central islands in the Philippines devastated. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda, in the Philippines) hit the islands on Friday, November 8th, taking an estimated 10,000 lives.
Pilipinos for Community Health would like you to join us in our effort to send help. As a community service group that caters to Pilipinos in the local community, PCH does try to do their part on the global scale, especially with the Medical Outreach Banquet and Medical Mission. For those on the UCLA, PCH will be organizing events to help out the survivers of Typhoon Haiyan, so look out for that soon!
During this time of urgency, we urge to you check out the organizations below to see what you and your friends and family can do to send medical aid, relief, and assistance.
The Philippine Red Cross: With 100 local outposts, the Philippines Red Cross is at its capacity to provide aid in Visayas.
The World Food Program: The WFP has already made efforts to help families and children devastated by the storm, but there is still an entire population of people that need food assistance.
Doctors Without Borders: DWB arrived in Visayas merely hours after Haiyan, but the widespread destruction in the area has made mobilizing on the ground difficult.
Many news stations are reporting developments of this catastrophe as they come. Many more organizations are doing their part as well. Please do not hesitate to share your stories and how you plan on helping on this blog. We send you and your families our most sincere thoughts.
Pre-Health Advising and Mentorship presents: FALL 2013 HEALTH PROFESSIONALS PANEL
Thank you everyone who came to our pre-health panel this quarter! It was a delight to see our PCHers and visitors interact and network with such knowledgeable panelists. This quarter, our PHAM directors got together doctors in cardiology and psychiatry, a nurse (who happens to be a PCH alumni), and a biochemical researcher. Their expertise in each of their fields and their willingness to speak with us students was incredibly motivating. If you missed the pre-health panel, here's an overview of what each panelist had to say:
Our quarterly pre-health panels link you to professionals, medical students, graduate schools and more! We hope to see you to the next one!
The 1st Annual Holy Family Health Fair: A Reflection
Last weekend was the first annual Holy Family Health Fair. In a day-long event that served over two hundred people, the entire event was an outstanding success. Our PCH volunteers stood along side nurses and doctors, specialists in bone density and mammograms, and numerous organizations to provide much needed health care and consultation to the Artesia community.
In the past, PCH has been running two separate health fairs, one in the winter and one in the spring. This year, we've added a third to expand and continue our work throughout Los Angeles. Preparations for this new project started in the summer, when our health fair directors started making contact with the venue and service providers. PCH staff took on steering committees, making sure everything from logistics and volunteering were taken care off. In the next health fairs, applications for steering committee heads/interns will be open for general members, so watch out for that!
As part of staff, I signed up for the morning shift for the health fair. This meant waking up at five in the morning just to help with last minute preparations by 6:30 AM. Most of the general volunteers got to the church by 7:30. I got to meet so many dedicated PCHers over check-in and breakfast (which was homemade by the church volunteers. Needless to say, it was delicious.) I got assigned to the registration table, so I got to see a diverse community of people excited to get health services, genuinely concerned for their health, or just plain curious. It was a great way to practice for my Spanish oral exam, but I was completely lost when I had to communicate with someone who only spoke some form of Chinese (thankfully, another volunteer helped me out. Bilingual speakers, we need you!) During down time, hanging out with the church volunteers was fun; they brought so much enthusiasm into working for the community they love. I'm definitely looking forward to the next health fair; we hope you come out and join us!
Let's give some much deserved credit to Gurjot Dogra, Johnnel Fajardo, and Kathlene Manimtim, our directors who've set the bar high for this year's health fairs.
Even though that midterms are in full swing, PCH is not slowing down! Make sure to keep your head up with our weekly study hours (this week's is on the hill) and relieve some stress by volunteering for the community! Check out these great general members who joined Jetrina, one of our Preventive Health directors, at one of our health sites last weekend!
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: This Sunday is our Holy Family Health Fair!
Health fairs are huge quarterly events that will help out a large amount of people, especially with those without health insurance. Doctors and specialists will come out and provide service for these diverse yet underserved communities. The health fairs that PCH holds are great volunteer opportunities (it is possible to satisfy ALL of your volunteer requirement for active membership). For more information, there will be a volunteer orientation this Thursday, October 24th, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in Kerckhoff State Rooms 131-135. Volunteer jobs can range from translating for our service recipients, to helping with registration papers, to measuring blood pressure, and so much more. If you would like more information, you can contact our Health Fair directors directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck with midterms!
Welcome to week three, everybody! I Here's to our lovely volunteers who can now administer hypertension screenings! They got certified by the American Heart Association last Wednesday! Congratulations and happy ventures! If you want to get certified as well, contact our preventive health directors!
Now, on to this week's events:
More of these events can be found both on our calendar of events and on our newsletter, which you can sign up for here.
Happy studying! Have fun volunteering and we hope you see you this week at our many PCH events!
Welcome to week two! I hope introductions went well! We really hope we put our best foot forward, so we can start off this year in the right direction. If you didn't catch all of our names, or if you just want to know more about your PCH staff, we've updated our staff profiles! Check them out, now with pictures!
So here are your weekly updates!
Until next time! Have a great week!
Hello all PCHers!
Welcome to the Pilipinos For Community Health website, where you can find information on all your PCH-related needs: your staff members, volunteer opportunities, academic support, and so much more. By visiting the website every week, you'll get new blog posts about news and special events, so stay tuned!
Here are this week's upcoming events to get the school year started!
We hope you're all having a wonderful start of the school year. We look forward to having you join our PCH family!
Welcome to all new PCHers! If this is your first year at UCLA, you're in for a great ride. Welcome back to all those returning! We hope you've had a most excellent summer!
Now, as we're all gearing up for a new academic year, we invite you to come to our FIRST GENERAL MEETING ON OCTOBER 3rd AT KERCKHOFF 135! Get to know the new PCH staff, upcoming events, new projects for this year, as well as fellow PCHers and more!
We're all really excited to see all of you guys. We can't wait to see how much we can accomplish together this year!
See you soon!