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August 17, 2013

Medinfomercials: Health Promotions and Health Summits

    As per tradition, I always require my third year medical students to submit as part of their requirements in my Primary Health Care class health promotion materials. This year was no exception. Six 1-minute commercials on various health topics were submitted to along with their proposed newspaper advertisement and a technical paper about the health program they would want to implement in the community.

    What was different this year was for the first time, I asked my class to organize a health summit in our adopted community in Bacolod City. The Health Summit was about increasing the awareness of the residents of a Gawad Kalinga site in Brgy. Sum-ag about Dengue. The health summit was attended by almost all of the residents, including local politicians (City Councilor Em Ang and Kalaw Puentevella). Of course a representative from the City Health office was invited to give a talk to the parents about Dengue while the med students entertained the kids with fun and games and storytelling about Dengue. They even taught them an original jingle about how to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes which carry the virus. The Department Chairperson of our Family and Community Medicine Department was there including some of the office staff to help organize the event.

     I was very proud of my medical students. They were able to pull it through despite the short notice. They were only given 2 weeks to prepare but they were able to mobilize resources and even invite a local TV station to cover the event. I do hope they get a sense of appreciation for the work that we do in and for the community.

    Here are the links to the videos submitted to me by my students as this year's set of Medi-infomercials.

Altapresyon from Kevin Escobar on Vimeo.

war on worms from taj chahal on Vimeo.

Disaster Preparedness from Plenk Mercado on Vimeo.

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