Stories from the first Cohort of Clinical Community Health Workers: Coming Full Circle

By Marissa Lee From being expelled as a freshman in high school to becoming a board member in the same school district, Silvia Ortega will be the first to say her life has come full circle. A young lady full of passion and purpose, Silvia is one of the graduating members of San Manuel Gateway College’s Promotores Academy’s first clinical Community Health Workers (cCHW) cohort, summer 2018. Under ICP leadership, this cCHW training is one of the first of its kind in Southern California, pioneering the future of holistic integrated health care.

Bringing Kinship to Loma Linda

By Marissa Lee Formerly a pastor, the Community Academic Partners in Service’s (CAPS) new director, Pablo Ariza, has a vision to transform Loma Linda University (LLU) and our wider community. “We have two audiences. It’s not just the local community… we also deal with students. It s not just about what students can do for the local community, it is about what service can do in the lives of the students who are volunteering.” One of the ways he is doing this is through exposing his staff and LLU student leaders to a new model of community transformation.

The Leaders Among Us

by Marissa Lee While some say last words are the most impactful, sometimes initial gut responses are the most telling. Sitting down with two Community Health Worker students at San Manuel Gateway College in separate interviews, my first question was, “What led you to become a CHW?” Their responses spoke volumes about the character of the students enrolled in the Community Health Worker (CHW) 101 Basic Training at San Manuel Gateway College.

Community Highlight: Black Men’s Health Fair in Palm Springs Community

By Marissa Lee Prostate cancer disproportionately affects black males compared to their white counterparts. While reasons for this remain unclear, psychosocial factors and a later diagnosed may contribute to these increased prostate cancer outcomes. Loma Linda University’s Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine (CHDMM) has been doing research to investigate the role of stress due to racial discrimination and minority experience on the increased rates of prostate cancer among black males.

The True Meaning of Service-Learning

Medical radiography students from the School of Allied Health Professions feed the homeless in San Bernardino as part of a course in service-learning. During winter quarter, 70 medical radiography students from Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) gathered at a mission in downtown San Bernardino. The students, in their first and second years in the School of Allied Health Professions, prepared and served breakfast and lunch and distributed groceries to the area’s homeless.

ICP Town Hall Meeting Discusses Innovation in Community Empowerment

by Marissa Lee At the November 17, 2016 Institute for Community Partnership (ICP) Town Hall Meeting, two local organizations – Reach Out and Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) – shared their innovative approaches to community empowerment in the Inland Empire.

Institute for Community Partnerships extends the Pipeline: Palm Springs at My Campus

By Marissa Lee On October 23, 2016, a special group of high school students attended the My Campus event at Loma Linda University. For the first time since the start of the My Campus quarterly events, ten students from the Desert Highland Gateway Community located in Northern Palm Springs were welcomed by the Institute for Community Partnerships (ICP).