School of Public Health student news and stories from around campus.

Global Health, Whole Communities, healthy communities, mission trips, sustainability

What's in a gift?

Recently I led a mission trip to Central America were we provided medical, dental, and behavioral health services to a local orphanage, and surrounding community.  We had a large group of students and families, with a variety of backgrounds in age range, faiths, and roles. I found myself stretched thin as not only the trip leader, but also as one of the few Spanish speakers. I’ve led many international trips and I’ve also been on the ground to receive and host American visitors.

Whole Individuals

Searching for Camels

Let’s set the stage: The sun is setting in a deep, dusty haze. The sunset resembles the cross section of a blood orange; the vibrant hues painting a picture so complex, only the human eye can properly capture it. The never-ending horizon is dotted with sparse acacia trees, torched grasses, and a termite mound or two. My head is nodding forward in sedimentary exhaustion as we bounce along the only somewhat paved road in the country. You know that feeling of when your body wants to give up even though you have done nothing all day?

Whole Communities, healthy communities, vision, water safety

From Vision to Reality

There is a cure for one of the top five causes of death in inner city children. And best of all, this cure is not a new drug or surgical procedure: it is a kick board and goggles.” These are the words of Ben Damazo (pictured above, left), the man who made a mere vision become reality on our Loma Linda University campus. Ben is a student in the School of Medicine and barely has enough time to study, but has chosen to devote himself to a new program sponsored through the CAPS office and Healthy Neighborhood Projects (HNP) this year: TIGERS Water Safety.

Whole Individuals, mental health

I Finally Went to Therapy and it Was Amazing

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” –Hafiz of Persia Back in August of 2014, I wrote a post about living with mental illness (specifically depression and anxiety). I was absolutely terrified to post it, but I did, and it’s probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Many people came to me publicly and privately to talk about their struggles with mental illness, and many more voiced their support of me. To put it in a cliche, it was truly eye opening.

Whole Systems

Influenza: Let's set the record straight

Had I done harm by claiming to get the flu from the flu vaccination? Was I perpetuating a false, yet commonly held belief? Would my tale cause others to avoid the flu vaccination and subsequently fall ill?

Whole Individuals

Going Against Advice

It's a running joke in my family that no one is really that stubborn when in reality, everyone is stubborn. It's a wonder that we can get together long enough for one holiday sometimes. There are a couple of different types of stubborn. For a long time, I only understood the classic obstinate, get-out-of-my way stubbornness. That is, until I realized that smiling politely and doing the opposite of what is told is also one way of being stubborn. That's me. Lots of people tend to think that I need buckets of advice on all aspects of my life when they don't always understand what's going on.

Whole Communities, Whole Individuals

Winter is Coming

(Photo: Not Africa.) As I looked outside the other morning, I saw a white dusting had fallen. Everything was covered! The sky was grey and I could barely make out the distant palms. Could it have been? Had Sub-Saharan Africa succumb to the climate change and we had snow? It was almost Christmas! Did Santa come early? That would be great but no, it cannot be snow. It is a literal dusting. The winds from the north (the Hammadamramlam winds or something like that) are bringing down sand and everything is covered. I watched as dust blew in my open window, covering my newly painted table.

News, Whole Individuals

Alumna Wins Emil Bogen Excellence in Research Award at 2014 SCPHA

Loma Linda University School of Public Health Alumna Dr. Ogbochi McKinney, received the Emil Bogen Excellence in Research Award at the 2014 Southern California Public Health Association. Dr. McKinney received the award, given annually, for research in Malawi she conducted as part of her dissertation entitled “Examining the Impact of Food Access and Medication Side Effects on Intentions to Adhere to Antiretroviral Therapy”. “I was taken by surprise when my name was announced.” said Dr. McKinney. “Not only was the award unexpected, but about an hour before the award, Dr.
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Whole Communities

Disaster Everywhere: What can I do?

I’m just a normal person. I never majored in disaster preparedness, though it’s always been a field of interest. And I never even seem to be in town when the ubiquitous mini-earthquakes hit Loma Linda. But I am definitely my father’s daughter. Working in an ER for 30 years, he’s seen some awful emergency situations in his time that could have been avoided with some preventive measures, which is probably why he felt compelled to instill both of his daughters with a strong sense of preparation and self-sufficiency.

Alumni News

Sarah Bauler, MPH in Global Health, Class of 2005 Sarah Bauler was the SPH 2013-2014 Alumnus of the Year. She currently works remotely for Food for the Hungry as a Health and Nutrition Coordinator. She recently traveled to DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). In the DRC, she was conducting a mid-term evaluation for a USAID-funded Development Food Assistance Program. She is married to James Bauler and they have two children--Noah is 6 years old and Grace is 4.