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Fall 2019 Dean's List Recognition

February 2020 -- Congratulations to all the undergraduates recognized on the Fall 2019 Dean's List! We applaud your commitment to academic excellence and look forward to your even greater future successes. Please follow this link to the Dean's List page to view the individual students from Collaborative Health and Human Services, Kinesiology, and Nursing who have achieved this honor. Go CHSHS Otters!

Chinatown Community Learning Center Recognized for Innovative Programming

Chinatown Community Learning Center Interns
Top Row L-R: Karina Ramirez, Ruth Guiterrez Botom Row L-R: Melissa Ngo, Crishanda Young

SALINAS, CA., September 25, 2019 -- The Chinatown Community Learning Center (CCLC), soon to be Community Health Engagement (CHE), was awarded recognition by the Latino Network of Monterey County during their 30th Annual Celebration of Culture and Language. The CCLC was applauded for its dedication to transforming the lives of homeless Latinos in Chinatown through the development of psychoeducation groups, life skills classes, and education initiatives offered to monolingual Spanish speakers in the Chinatown community. The Spanish language classes were developed by Master of Social Work student and former CCLC Intern Ruth Gutierrez, and resonated immediately with what the CHSHS team wanted to offer the growing number of monolingual Spanish-speaking Chinatown residents.

CCLC Coordinator Jacqui Smith and Ms. Gutierrez accepted three awards on CCLC's behalf. Under Jacqui's leadership, the CCLC is dedicated to providing the homeless population with community resources and a safe, warm educational environment where they can learn, heal, reconnect and find more stable housing. The CCLC is honored to have been recognized by this prestigious organization for their student and staff achievements.

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Kinesiology Department Initiates New Program, "Exercise is Medicine on Campus"

Students represent Exercise Is Medicine program
Top Row L-R: Aaron Espitia-Gonzalez, Jon Kupiec, Teron Welch, Nick Rahawi, Mike Renfrow Bottom Row L-R: Max Gastelum-Morales, Mikaya Robasciotti, Leo Seymour

Fall 2019 - The Kinesiology Department is excited to announce the launch of "Exercise is Medicine on Campus" (EIM-OC), a worldwide initiative aiming to integrate physical activity and healthy living into the campus culture. Alongside over 200 other campuses globally, Kinesiology is partnering with CSUMB groups including Health and Wellness Services, Athletics, and University Personnel, to deliver fun, interactive programming for employees and students alike. Led by Drs. Lisa Leininger, Joanna Morrissey and Ryan Luke, bi-weekly employee exercise classes focusing on circuit training and strength conditioning have been an enormous success so far, gathering staff and faculty from many different departments for a good lunchtime sweat!

The EIM-OC team has also launched a weekly "Run, Walk, & Roll" Club, open to all participants, as well as peer mentoring to students. The program now has many enthusiastic Kinesiology students involved, spreading the word by tabling at health fairs and on-campus events, as well as presenting at our annual Cocktails with the Cadaver fundraiser. The EIM-OC team plans to expand and partner with the Campus Health Center during the Spring semester to collect physical activity as a vital sign during wellness checks, as well as receive referrals.

MSPA Students Put On Health Fair at First Friday

President Eduardo Ochoa receives blood pressure check from MSPA student
President Eduardo Ochoa receives blood pressure check from MSPA student

SALINAS, CA., September 6th, 2019 -- CSUMB's Master of Science Physician Assistant (MSPA) students hosted a free health fair on Friday at the National Steinbeck center in Salinas. During the First Friday event, students facilitated blood pressure checks and gave out educational health materials to community members that visited the table. They performed blood pressure checks on 20 people over the course of 2 hours, socialized with residents over tamales and empanadas, and overall thoroughly enjoyed connecting with their community. To their surprise, the very first person to ask for a blood pressure check was President Ochoa!

A big round of applause to our students for selflessly serving our community and showing off what CSUMB's Masters programs have to offer!

MSPA Program Receives Song-Brown Grant

SEASIDE, Ca., July 24, 2019 – CHSHS' Master of Science Physician Assistant Program (MSPA) has received a grant from California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development’s (OSHPD) Song-Brown Healthcare Workforce Development Training Program. The grant, totaling $72,000, will provide funding to the MSPA program to provide clinical training and education to PA students to prepare them to provide medical care to patients in underserved communities.

MSPA Inaugural Cohort, Class of 2021
MSPA Inaugural Cohort, Class of 2021

"We are honored to receive this grant. With 56% of our students being from underserved backgrounds, these funds will provide additional resources for their education, create new rural clinical experiences, and enable us to more effectively attract applicants from underserved communities in the tri-county area," said MSPA founding program director, Christopher Forest.

The Song-Brown program funds institutions and education programs that train primary care health professionals to provide clinical training, education and healthcare in California’s medically underserved areas.

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  • Fall 2019 Dean's List

    February 2020 -- Congratulations to all the undergraduates recognized on the Fall 2019 Dean's List! We applaud your commitment to academic excellence and look forward to your even greater future successes. Please follow this link to the Dean's List page to view the individual students from Collaborative Health and Human Services, Kinesiology, and Nursing who have achieved this honor. Go CHSHS Otters!

  • Chinatown Community Learning Center Recognized for Innovative Programming

    September 25, 2019 -- The Chinatown Community Learning Center (CCLC), soon to be Community Health Engagement (CHE), was awarded recognition by the Latino Network of Monterey County during their 30th Annual Celebration of Culture and Language at Sherwood Hall in Salinas. The Latino Network applauded the CCLC for its dedication to transforming the lives of homeless Latinos in Chinatown through the development of psychoeducation groups, life skills classes, and education initiatives offered to monolingual Spanish speakers in the Chinatown community. Jacqui Smith, CCLC Coordinator and Ruth Gutierrez, Master of Social Work (MSW) student and former CCLC intern accepted three awards on CCLC's behalf, along with several other CHSHS staff and faculty. The Latino Network presented a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Certificate of Recognition from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, and a plaque from the Latino Network of Monterey County. This year's keynote speaker, former Major League Baseball player and lifelong Salinas resident, Ernesto "Ernie" Camacho shared meaningful stories from his life and his foundation's mission to promote higher education awareness and increase sports participation among low-income youth and families in East Salinas.

  • Spring 2019 Dean's List

    June 2019 -- Congratulations to all of our students who made the Spring 2019 Dean's List! Your hard work and academic excellence make us all incredibly proud to be a CHSHS Otter! Please follow this link to the Dean's List page to view the individual students from Collaborative Health and Human Services, Kinesiology, and Nursing who have achieved this honor.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Kai Medina-Martinez!

    March 15th, 2019 --The College of Health Sciences and Human Services wishes to congratulate Dr. Kai Medina-Martinez, of the Department of Social Work, for their successful dissertation defense at the University of Utah, entitled “YOU ARE NOT WHO YOU SAID YOU WERE WHEN YOU WERE HIRED!”: AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT OF A STUDENT AFFAIRS PROFESSIONAL’S TRANS* BECOMING.

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