JeffSTARS participant sees new perspective in health policy.
Every year, The American Heart Association and Jefferson University partners as a part of their JeffSTARS program, a program where Jefferson medical students spend a semester working with partner organizations to learn about different aspects of a medical career beyond direct clinical engagement with patients. Here is what Emily Duffner experienced working with American Heart Association.
Future doctor does rotation with AHA to learn about advocacy, support future patients.
In Philadelphia, we’re working with The Jefferson Service Training in Advocacy for Residents and Students (JeffSTARS) program. This is an elective educational program for Thomas Jefferson University and Nemours trainees who are in their senior year of medical school or residency and want to learn more about community health and advocacy through a one month rotation with community health organizations.
Recently, JeffSTAR, Lindsay Caldarone, spent her rotation with AHA and with Jake Zychick, our Community Advocacy Director in Philadelphia. Through this program, Lindsay learned a lot about public health and the power of advocacy. Lindsay put into her own words what this experience taught her and what she’ll take away from it.
Advocate, Seema Kazmi, wins award!
Congratulations to Dr. Seema Kazmi, PharmD, of Morrisville, PA on receiving the YWCA Bucks County Salute to Women's Award for Advocacy and Civic Engagement for her advocacy work with American Heart Association. Seema has been a tireless advocate, supporting our advocacy policies and speaking up in her community.
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All families should have access to healthier food choices!
Now that kids are returning to school, it’s a good time to think about how we can support their healthier eating habits while making sure the choices available are not only good for them, but what they’ll actually eat!
Access to healthier foods can be difficult for many families and children in rural communities and cities who don’t live close to any store with fresh produce and if they do, then the quality might also make it a barrier. This is why we are working to support programs that help children and families access healthier foods. Programs like produce RX, where doctors prescribe healthier foods for families, and they can receive them free at participating stores. Or supporting the expansion of food assistance for families that need it most. During our worst moments the past couple of years, we learned how many people are really facing food insecurity. If we can help make it easier to access healthy foods, then we can give children and families a better opportunity for longer, healthier lives.
Complete Streets help us all be more active!
Are you looking for more ways to be active and getting around your community? The good news is that all residents have the right to ask their local governments to pass the Complete Streets policy. When communities pass Complete Streets, streets will include bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, and curb ramps. These roadway features increase accessibility to schools, parks, and playgrounds for all residents, improving everyone’s health by making it easier and safer to be active.
Beat the heat while staying healthy this summer!
Summer months usually mean warmer weather, but with rising average temps, it’s all the more important to keep your cool. Staying cool doesn’t only make you feel better, it can be easier on your heart. So – how do you do heart healthy physical activity while enjoying the warm weather and how do you keep yourself cool? Here are some great tips to help you beat the heat while enjoying these warmer outdoor months.
Water is life. Drink up now and support access for students
Now that we’re getting out and about a little bit more, we’re all out in the sun and the heat more. These hot summer months, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated. It’s common that we forget how important water is to us- but anyone who has felt that satisfaction of a sip of water when you’re feeling dehydrated knows it can make a big difference to how you feel.
Tobacco Taxes Play Key Role in Curbing Use.
“Doubt is our Product” is a quote from a former tobacco executive in 1969. Tobacco companies have tried to sew doubt into the minds of Americans for decades. They want you to doubt that their products are harmful to your health.
Great mental health tips for when life has you feeling anxious or blue.
2020 really dealt us all a wallop, and 2021 is starting out rocky as well. With the weight of the health and well-being of our families, ourselves, and our world bearing down on us all, it’s understandable that stress, anxiety, and depression can impact anyone’s life.
Move more and stay active while staying safe!
As the weather improves, we understand the challenges of remaining physically active while following social distancing guidelines. It’s hard enough to find time when you aren’t looking after schoolwork with your kids and thinking about how to keep yourself or your family safe. Fortunately, as long as you are practicing guidelines from the CDC and WHO regarding Covid-19 safety, there are still many things you can do to stay active!