Rec on the Road at Home engages Colton youth

From (around) 2018, Colton’s Community Services Department has brought recreation activities to neighborhoods and parks around the city for its youth. Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, the department found a way to reach out to its target audience with its weekly activity bag distribution. “On Mondays we distribute activity bags with puzzles, crafts, activity sheets, and games to kids ages six to 12 years old at the Gonzales Community Center, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.,” said Erica Cereceres, community services recreation specialist. Many of the activity bags are themed, for instance on February 22, the theme is wildlife…to coincide with National Wildlife Day. “This coming week children will receive craft items to make a giraffe puppet and on February 24 is “dance day” where we provide ideas and recommendations on how to get active, which involve dancing. A majority of our activity bags incorporate crafts and activities pertaining to holidays and national celebrations,” continued Cereceres. As a recreation specialist, she said it’s important for children to remain active, engaged and enjoy their childhood, especially during this pandemic. Although the program…

Governor Gavin Newsom visits community vaccine clinic at LLU Drayson Center

Loma Linda University Health’s community vaccine clinic at the Drayson Center was visited by political dignitaries, including California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Pete Aguilar, U.S. congressman representing California’s 31st district, and James Ramos, state assemblyman representing the 40th district, were also in attendance.  Since launching less than a month ago through a collaboration between Loma Linda University, physician leadership teams, and with the help of many students and community volunteers, two vaccine clinics launched to provide critical doses to the local community. The Drayson Center location has become one of the top private vaccine sites in the region and as of today has provided over 15,000 vaccines to San Bernardino County residents and employees. “(Wednesday’s) visit was intended to commend the Loma Linda University Health team for our efforts to serve the San Bernardino County region through the vaccine clinics, as well as our year-long effort in treating COVID-19 patients,” said Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Loma Linda University Health.  Hart attributes that success of the clinic to its many volunteers and the demonstration of collaboration of all those involved. Hart was particularly gratified when Governor Newsom said,…

Trapp Elementary 2nd grade student needs your vote in national contest

Clemmie Taylor, a second grader at Trapp Elementary School in Rialto, is one of five finalists nationwide in the SC Johnson Professional Happy Hands contest for K-5th grade in which thousands participated. The community is invited to vote for Clemmie and his colorful design that features a playground, hand sanitizer and scattering germs with tagline “Germs can’t hide when you sanitize.” If Clemmie wins, he will receive a $300 gift card and Trapp Elementary will be awarded $1,000, including up to 1,000 hand sanitizers featuring his design that will be stationed around campus. “This is awesome; I’m very happy,” Clemmie remarked. “I’m surprised because I’ve never won anything like a $300 gift card.” The community can vote once daily for Clemmie, up until February 28. “We are so happy to be a part of making awareness to the great need to wash your hands to keep everyone safe,” said Clemmie’s mom Ms. Thomas.   According to Clemmie’s teacher, Shirley Lee, his design spoke to the concept of the contest, is relatable, and the colorful and playful design appealing to students. “Clemmie is a great collaborator, he’s…

California University of Science and Medicine senior associate dean advancing health professional education globally

California University of Science and Medicine’s (CUSM) Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of the Department of Medical Education, Zohray Moolani Talib, MD, FACP, will serve as the Co-Chair for the National Academy of Medicine’s Global Forum for Health Professional Education, for a term ending December 31, 2023. The Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education brings together a diverse group of thought leaders and interprofessional collaborators to network and discuss ways to advance and innovate in health professional education. Dr. Talib’s role as co-chair will allow her to contribute to the mission and strategic vision of the Forum. “I am honored to serve as Co-Chair for the Global Forum and look forward to working with Forum members to advance our collective vision for health professional education,” said Dr. Talib. At CUSM, Dr. Talib is a leader who is driving the institution’s vision to inspire, motivate and empower students to become excellent and caring physicians, scientists, and leaders. “This appointment reflects what we, at CUSM, all know to be true, Dr. Talib is an exceptional educator with global expertise in health professions…

County hosts first mass vaccination event

San Bernardino County completed its first mass vaccination event on Tuesday, delivering initial doses to 3,235 people — primarily residents aged 65 and over — and successfully signing them up for a follow-up shot on March 2. The vaccination event was held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. The speedway is also where people will return for their second dose. County officials, who are expecting to receive another 21,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines next week, confirmed that their top priority now is administering the vaccines to residents aged 65 and over. “The data are clear: the elderly are much more likely to require hospitalization and not survive COVID-19, so our focus now is on getting them inoculated as quickly as possible,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Tuesday’s event at the speedway not only resulted in more than 3,200 people getting vaccinated, it also served as a valuable learning experience for all of us.” Hagman noted that while the event triggered considerable traffic congestion around midday, the County was able to work with the Highway Patrol to make necessary adjustments. “Though we…

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