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By Social Justice Learning Institute, 08/04/2014

Cameron Perriott – Urban Health Fellow

Student Relection, 7/23/14

“This week was very interesting. I went to UCLA on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Monday I went to the UCLA police department where I learned how the system works. Later that day, I went to the UCLA EMT where I saw how the paramedics picked up a victim from a trauma accident. They showed me a live demonstration of a traumatic situation. On Tuesday I went back to UCLA and went to the medical department and learned about blood donations and blood bank.  We went down to the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center. At the Medical Center I went to the blood donation department and saw how the patients donate and the way doctors separate the platelets and red blood cells from each other. Then I went down to the lab and saw how the doctors keep the blood set aside.”

– Cameron Perriott

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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.

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