Thursday, November 18, 2010
Even though we all think that the Flu is just something slight that we get over, we have to keep in mind that people still die from it, and it is very important that we keep ourselves and our loved ones (even strangers around us) healthy so please; GET YOUR FLU SHOT, you just might save a life! thank you!
The article can be found in 11/18/2010 Sunpress (a shaker magazine) its called "Event puts real faces on need for Flu shots" if i can get an electronic copy i will post it on here.
ITs been a great time guys, hope to see you all soon!
Monday, November 8, 2010
(Maryam Audu and Kristi Yamaguchi)
One of Sandi Hurley’s (Shaker Public Health Department Nurse) friend, Kevin from Sinofi, sent us an invitation last week. This invitation was to a conference about “Faces of Influenza” being hosted by American Lung association, at Tri C Metro campus. The point of this event was to raise awareness of the flu, and increase vaccination numbers; Same goal as my project. I never expected the even to end up being a great one. Tri C nursing students along with Kristi Yamaguchi, who is one of the spokesperson, did some campaigning on campus as well as give shots.
The MD from Cleveland Clinic, Representative from Tri C, Kristi Yamaguchi, Cindy from CCHD, and CVS pharmacy rep (reading left to right)
This event was attended by Cindy, from the Cuyahoga County Health department, Kevin from Sinofi (who ensures that everyone gets their flu vaccines at all the health departments), A lady who was in charge of the “Faces of Influenza” for the American Lung Association, the representative of the CVS pharmacy flu vaccine campaign, a doctor from the Cleveland Clinic asthma center as well as Kristi Yamaguchi and her Tri C students and many more. Fox 8 News as well as Channel 5 news was there. And I had to say, this was the most fun I’ve had all semester. Not only was Sandi and I interviewed by Sun News, we also got to meet many people and talk to them.
I got the opportunity to talk to a lot of these representatives and it was a blast. Knowing that I had a similar goal, for my senior project, as them was wonderful and we were able to discuss barriers in getting the message out (fear, lack of education etc) but I got to talk with Kevin and the CVS rep about getting similar programs on case campus. One of the questions I was asked by the Sun Press was how I think this event was helpful, and I thought that it was wonderful having such a big face on a campaign like this, but most of all I think it’s a very positive thing that they had it on a college campus.
I think that as college students, we tend to live in another dimension, and we tend to forget to keep ourselves healthy by getting our shots. So hopefully we will be able to do another flu shot "Clinic" in veal this year hosted by CASE, and hopefully in the future along side Sinofi or CVS.
HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GOOD TIME AT THEIR CAPSTONES, and I cant wait to see everyone back.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
One project I have been working on during my time at the Mat-Su Public Health Center (PHC) involves addressing the low rates for infant immunizations. To develop an action plan we strove to understand the factors that contribute to parents’ decisions not to vaccinate their young children. To identify these factors I have been assisting the nurses of the Mat-Su PHC in the organization and distribution of a survey created by Dr. Victoria Niederhauser, titled Searching for Hardships and Obstacles to Shots (SHOTS). The tool, bought through the Alaska Department of Health, classifies hardships and obstacles into the following three categories: access to immunizations, concerns about immunizations and distrust of vaccine efficacy.
I explored a number of avenues to distribute and collect this survey in the community. After researching the possibility of working with Vital Statistics, WIC and local midwiferies I was finally able to reach agreements with two local pediatricians’ offices along with a large number of day care centers. Working with local pediatricians, CCS Early Learning and day care centers to distribute the survey to the community proved to be successful. In addition, the nurses of the PHC joined me outside prominent local business in the Palmer-Wasilla area handing out the survey to parents with young children.
The Talkeetna area is also using the SHOTS survey to gain further insight into the recent decrease in immunization rates. The Talkeetna school and the Sunshine Clinic, along with the nurses of Mat-Su PHC, have been circulating the survey throughout the community.
This has been a great side project and I think the results will truly help to guide the PHC in its next steps to improving childhood immunization rates.
P.S. That is a picture of Denali, a.k.a. Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, taken from Talkeetna Spur Rd.!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Just recently, we were able to experience firsthand why providing healthcare resources to migrant workers who live on camps and understanding their lives are such difficult tasks. Everything from advertising clinics and transportation to finances and clinic times presents a challenge. In addition, a trusting relationship between the healthcare workers and the camp’s crew leader must exist before any exchange of information can take place. Maya and I tried for a couple weeks to contact a specific camp in order to visit the camp and possibly interview the owner. After these weeks of failed attempts, we were advised to go to the camp with a community member who knows the owner. However, our arrival was met with immediate hostility from the extremely angered camp’s owner, and we did not get two steps away from the car before we got back in and left.
For me, our visit to the camp (and learning why camp owners have such strong reactions to the arrival of unfamiliar faces) brought much of our experience into perspective. I leave Florida with a new understanding of challenges in the delivery of healthcare to migrant workers, a respect for the healthcare workers who build successful relationships with the migrant workers and the crew leaders, and knowledge of a working class that previously was unknown to me.