Health inequity through the lens of our students

As featured in KQED, Civicorps partnered with medical students at UCSF to create a photography project around the issues of health disparities.

Oakland Youth Focus On Neighborhood Health from KQED News on Vimeo.

Students took photos of different aspects of their communities related to health – whether it be positive elements such as the availability of a park or negative elements like the abundance of trash on sidewalks or the lack of healthy food options.

KQED photo project / Health inequity through the lens of our students / Civicorps

By having students take photos of what they see as relevant to their health as individuals and the impact it has on their larger community we hoped that they would see the different factors that can affect a healthy life.  They then wrote a reflection about their photos and how the photos intersected with their own personal experience living in Oakland.

Read the entire KQED piece here.

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Healing Trauma at a Personal + Community Level

On October 17th, Civicorps hosted a one-day health summit where guest speakers spoke to our students about different ways that we experience trauma and then each group brainstormed ways to cope with stressors at both a personal and community level.

Dr. Darlene Hall, our keynote speaker, spoke about inter-generational trauma. Afterwards, students attended two break-out sessions led by a Civicorps student leader and one of the following guest speakers.

  • Physical Health: Jerrell Peters and Brian Burrell, Young Invincibles
  • Psychological Trauma: Dania Sacks March, At the Intersection Wellness
  • Healthy Relationships: Mauro Sifuentes, Family Violence Law Center
  • Substance Abuse: Robert Faltisco, MA, CADCA
  • Trauma-Informed Care at Civicorps: Harris Cox, Mindfulness Coach

The student leader from each break-out session then presented their group’s brainstormed lists of:

  • Personal and community impacts of trauma, and
  • Tools and strategies to mitigate the negative effects of trauma.

Health Summit Presentation / Healing Trauma at a Personal + Community Level / Civicorps

Some student reflections from the summit were:

“I plan to take time to breathe, plan ahead, and stop stressing.”

“This Health Summit makes me want to eat healthier and to walk away when upset.”

“It showed me that health is really important to me, my family, and my community.”

“I am looking forward to changing my life for my own good.”

After the presentations, Civicorps hosted a resource fair where students could speak with local providers and access resources.

Health Fair / Health Summit Presentation / Healing Trauma at a Personal + Community Level / Civicorps

Each student received a travel hygiene kit for participating in the Health Summit, which was proudly sponsored by a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.To see more pictures from our Health Summit, check out our Facebook Page.

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