By Steve Vodhanel
For the second year, several School of Pharmacy students, under the direction of Dr. Jerika Lam, have extended themselves for the Riverside County HIV clinics in Perris and Riverside by bringing a little ‘wholeness’ into their work. Several students decided to do extra service for the HIV patients by taking the time to hand craft twenty-four blankets, bringing some extra care and consideration for those suffering from the physical aliment. Students Emily Garispe, Cathy Thach, Aimee Kohatsu, and Tim Honrada organized the outreach and hosted a blanket party during February where several more students spent hours cutting, sewing, and stitching together yards of decorative cloth into beautiful handcrafted blankets.
"In an effort to destigmatize HIV and to promote wholeness, the outreach event hopes to bring awareness to LLUSP students that there are those people who are less fortunate than us, and that we should take time from our busy lives to help them in any feasible way. More importantly, the outreach event hopes to reinforce the Christian principles of humanity, compassion and humility through the students’ continued efforts to serve the underserved within our communities," stated Dr. Lam.
Here at Loma Linda University we believe that whole person care is very important to the patient and vital to optimal health care. The entire university’s framework for education centers upon the central mission statement “To Make Man Whole.” The university’s mission affirms the Christian view of wholeness that recognizes the needs of patients go beyond the healing of the body, and the development of students involves more than the training of the mind. At the School of Pharmacy, students, staff and faculty strive to make our daily activities into personal ministries by extending into the local communities pharmaceutical care and expertise along with the university’s mission.
Standing: Thuy Nguyen, Krinstin Joe, Timothy Hondrada
Seated: Emily Garispe, Dr. Jerika Lam, Dana Hexum (RN), Dr. Ashley Nguyen, Aimee Kohatsu, Cathy Thach