Cameron Meadows – Urban Health Fellow
Student Reflection, 7/3/14
“Today we learned about the things that are advertised in our community. We walked in stores and looked around to see what they had. We looked for both good and bad foods. The goal was to see which type of food they advertised most and to which people. We also looked to see what type of foods were W.I.C. and EBT acceptable. We walked around the neighborhood analyzing the ground. We looked at the ground to find out the status of the sidewalk. We checked for cracks in and on the sidewalk and to see if anything blocked the walk path. Some ways to fix the sidewalks in Inglewood are to raise awareness, make a petition, and have people sign the petition, take the petition to city hall, and address the situation.”
– Cameron Meadows
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The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, in a 2009 report stated, the death rate for African Americans was higher than Whites for heart diseases, stroke, cancer, asthma, influenza and pneumonia, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and homicide.
In response to the health crises impacting communities of color, SJLI with funding from The California Wellness Foundation has developed a five-week, hands-on internship and training fellowship. A Fellow wrote the preceding journal entry during his Urban Health Fellowship training.