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  DECEMBER 04, 2009
Loma Linda Students Place Second In APHA Poster Contest

Students from the global health department at Loma Linda University School of Public Health created a poster that took second place in the American Public Health Association (APHA) Committee on Affiliates poster session during the APHA annual meeting, held in November in Philadelphia.

The poster grew out of a class project worked on by seven students—Mr. Adiel Uzabakiriho, Mr. Anthony Bui, Ms. Avani Desai, Ms. Jennica Billins, Ms. Markisha Key-Hagan, Ms. Nkiruka Ojukwu, and Ms. Suzane Simon David—under faculty advisor Ms. Sharon Rushing. They also did the project with the guidance of Ms. Cynthia Rollins, fund development manager for Loma Linda University’s Social Action Community Health System (SACHS), which the project was about.

Through a community assessment, the students discovered that many residents surrounding the SACHS clinics in San Bernardino were unaware of the low-or no-cost clinics’ existence and many existing patients did not realize the full range of services available. The students created a promotional campaign that consisted of radio and TV commercials and an informational DVD.

Ms. Desai, Ms. Billins and Ojukwu were in Philadelphia to present the poster, titled “Community promotional awareness campaign of low-cost primary care safety net clinic for medically underserved bilingual population in Southern California: A comprehensive approach.”