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June 2016

Prevention of DVT

Blood clots can form when certain factors, within the blood, are activated causing the blood to become thicker and hence "clump" together.   When a blood clot forms, within a vein, it is called a deep vein thrombosis or DVT.   DVTs are most commonly seen in the lower leg, but can also occur in the thigh, pelvis, or arm. 
On Wednesday,June 29, 2016, Dr. James Gude, Clinical Professor at UCSF, will speak on the "Prevention of DVT in Medical and Surgical Patients."  The time for this online educational discussion is from

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Drugs addiction is not only harmful to the addicted but also has an adverse impact on the fabric of the community. In 1987, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted to commemorate June 26 as the "International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking." 

Today, more than ever your child's peers play an influential role in their social and emotional development. Listening to your child is the first step in helping them to grow healthy and safely. Thus, this year's UN theme is titled "

Excessive alcohol use can harm you

     Some volunteers that are working to support others overcome addictions have had personal experience with these substances. Thus, their voluntary commitment to making a difference is truly altruistic. One addiction that has been attributed to millions of deaths worldwide is alcohol.

    The CDC states "that excessive alcohol use has led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.

Yellow Fever Alert in the Congo.

 #‎Volunteers‬  that will travel to Africa this summer, please make sure that you speak to your health care provider concerning Yellow Fever and whether should you be vaccinated before your adventure. According to a recent post on the World Health Organization's page, this week "the Democratic Republic of the Congo's(DRC) Ministry of Health declared a  ‪#‎YellowFever‬ epidemic in three of its provinces! Concern continues to grow about the spread of the disease in the DRC, especially in border zones regions and in densely populated Kinshasa.


Viruses are tiny particles that replicate inside the living cells of another organism. Viruses can penetrate all forms of life and can be remarkably difficult to eliminate. On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Dr. James Gude, Clinical Professor at UCSF, will speak on "HIV, Ebstein-Barr Virus, and Cytomegalovirus." The time for this informative online discussion is from 8-9 am Pacific Standard Time. Please review the time in your international location.

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World Refugee Day

June 20th, 2016 is World Refugee Day. Today we publically recognize those individuals, through complicated circumstances, which have been displaced from their homes.

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day  is observed on June 19th. Sickle Cell Anemia(SCA) is an inherited disorder that causes red blood cells(RBC) to conform to a "sickle-like" shape. The sickling of the RBCs reduces the amount of oxygen that the affected red blood cells can carry and causes the cells to clump or block blood vessels. The disorder can be extremely painful.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler, Ryan Clark, has sickle cell trait. In 2007, Clark was playing football against the Denver Broncos.

Happy Father's Day

Few know that the origin of Father's Day can be tracked to the American Civil War.  The saga begins as such. William Jackson Smart was a Union Soldier in Arkansas' 1st Battery Light Artillery.  Married in 1865, his wife Elizabeth Harris gave birth to six children before dying delivering her sixth child in 1878. Elizabeth's death left Mr. Smart the sole responsibility of raising six children.  He later moved to the State of Washington in 1887.

His children held him in the highest regard.  The story goes on to say that Sonora Louise Smart, only daughter born to William and Elizabeth, was listening to a Sunday morning church sermon.  The topic concerned the proclamation of Mother's Day.  Sonora decided that fathers should also be recognized for their part in raising their children.  The rest is history and on June 19, 1910, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today, June 15, 2016, is proclaimed "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day". However, in reality, every day should be used to increase our vigilance to the problems concerning abuse of the elderly. The Tulare County District Attorney's Office states that "2.1 million older Americansare victims of elderly abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation each year." Their office has hired a dedicated elderly abuse prosecutor and victim advocate to educate seniors and their caregivers about abuse and how to prevent it.

National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month. With the warm weather upon us, many of our volunteers will either work as lifeguards or participate in an event nearby water.  Why are life-guarding and vigilance so important?  According to theNational Safety Councildrowning is the second cause of unintentional death of children age 1-14.  We have included some information from the NSC to help you have a safe summer!