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By Social Justice Learning Institute, 08/04/2014

Shayquan Baldwin – Urban Health Fellow

Student Reflection, 7/3/14

“My highlight of the week was getting up in the morning and knowing I had somewhere important to be. I loved the part where we walked around and learned about the community. I realized that the streets in our community have a lot of cracks in the cement and massive pot holes that need to be fixed. I liked walking around and seeing how low the planes fly and how that causes pollution. Another highlight of my week was when the chef came and cooked for us and made salad. He taught us stuff we can eat instead of fast food places like McDonald’s, Jack in the Box etc.”

–   Shayquan Baldwin

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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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