Heart Disease Awareness and Prevention Month

In 2024, the importance of heart disease prevention and awareness in the Black community cannot be overstated. Despite significant strides in healthcare, Black Americans continue to face disproportionate rates of heart disease, often stemming from systemic inequities, limited access to preventative resources, and a lack of awareness about familial predispositions. By prioritizing heart health education and preventive measures, we empower individuals to break the cycle of generational health disparities. Recognizing the intersectionality of the Black experience and addressing the unique challenges faced within the community are crucial steps toward achieving health equity. Heightened awareness, coupled with proactive lifestyle changes and accessible healthcare, can significantly reduce the prevalence of heart disease and foster a healthier future for Black individuals and communities. In February, BPOU teamed up with Salt Lake Fire Department to teach Bystander CPR, and Dr. Jessica Jones shared about the physiology of the heart, heart disease, and health disparities amongst the Black community. Head to American Heart Association’s website here, to learn more.

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer awareness is important for all communities and particularly for the Black community, where the rates are the highest of any racial/ethnic group in the US. African Americans are more likely to get colorectal cancer and 40% more likely to die from it than most other groups. Screenings begin at age 45, but people with certain risk factors may need to start screening earlier. The good news is colorectal cancer is 90% treatable when diagnosed early. This is why early detection and preventative screenings become crucial.  The absence of regular screenings, preventive care, and adequate healthcare resources can lead to delayed diagnoses and poorer health outcomes. Colorectal Cancer awareness campaigns play a vital role in dispelling myths, breaking down cultural barriers, and fostering open discussions about cervical health. By focusing on education and empowerment, individuals can make informed decisions, increasing screenings and adopting proactive health-seeking behaviors.  Take 5 minutes to take a free screening quiz here.  You can also check here to see if you qualify for a free cancer screening voucher through the Huntsman Cancer Institute. 

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Intermountain Population Health Scholar Program

Population Health Scholars complete their medical training and earn a graduate certificate in population health sciences. These scholars learn foundational population health-related knowledge and develop skills that will contribute to their future practice. They are paired with Intermountain physician mentors, who provide professional development and first-hand experiences working on population health-related projects within the Intermountain system.  

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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE) & Regional Affairs program has worked to develop a 10-week research experience for undergraduate students. The emphasis of this program is to provide research opportunities for students from rural and underserved areas throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana and provide opportunities for students to work on projects emphasizing rural and underserved health. 

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