Medical Students Conduct Health Outreach Program with Local Muslim Community

Event featured information and health screenings for underserved populations

Photo shows the eleven UCR School of Medicine students who recently participated in a health outreach program at the Islamic Center of Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif — Eleven students from the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside visited the Islamic Center of Riverside on Friday, Oct. 28, as part of a student-led health outreach program.

The program featured a presentation about the importance of health care maintenance in disease prevention/progression followed by free health screenings.

“The hope and challenge was to instill good health habits as early as possible in community members to prevent the onset of disease processes such as cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, obesity, type II diabetes, diseases from liver and pancreatic damage, sexually transmitted diseases, and many others,” said medical student Haroun Mohammad, Class of 2019, who organized the event.

Mohammad (third from the right in the photo above) said that his group reached out to the Islamic Center because a number of its visitors do not have adequate access to health care, with some having not seen a physician for more than 10 years. Additional barriers faced include lack of access to transportation and inability to speak English or very poor comprehension of the language.

The students plan to also reach out to high schools and middle schools across inland Southern California to conduct similar programs that will help motivate young students in adapting healthy lifestyles and habits.

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