Global Health Awareness Week wraps up with World Health Day LA at Ramona Gardens

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The sixth annual USC Global Health Awareness Week focused on the World Health Organization’s 2014 theme of vector-borne disease and culminated with the World Health Day LA health and activities fair on April 5.

The week leading up to World Health Day LA offered events organized by USC students and included a global health speaker panel, networking luncheon and student-faculty mixer for the Master of Public Health program. Students also played in a three-on-three basketball tournament benefitting the malaria awareness campaign Nothing But Nets.

World Health Day LA took place close to the USC Health Sciences Campus at the Ramona Gardens Recreation Center and was organized by the USC Institute for Global Health and the Ramona Gardens Collaborative with support from the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

Nearly 100 residents of the Ramona Gardens public housing community and surrounding neighborhood came to receive free health screenings provided by students at the USC School of Pharmacy. Just outside the health fair, the East Los Angeles Service Area offered free manicures and haircuts, and more than a dozen community organizations provided information and health education to local families. Activities also included an obstacle course hosted by Children Sports International, a health-focused arts and crafts and a free Zumba session provided by USC Recreational Sports.

California State Senator. Kevin de León stopped by the event to recognize the community and collaborative efforts to bring World Health Day LA to Ramona Gardens.

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