by Mariam Ebrahimi.
This year we asked our incoming leadership class to write a prompt about helping others, the prompt was: What is your most meaningful community service experience or clinical experience to date?
I created an incentive program for students to visit the psychological center and be more inclined to return for proper services.
My most meaningful community service experience that I participated in would be when I got the chance to work at the Sias International University in Henan, China. This area of China is landlocked and access to proper healthcare and education is very scarce. Due to the stigma associated with seeking proper mental health care, the students at the university were hesitant to visit the psychological services on campus, so recreating the center’s appeal to students became my task. I created an incentive program for students to visit the psychological center and be more inclined to return for proper services. The program was appealing to both the students and the psychological center. By creating this affiliation, I decreased the stigma associated with seeking mental health services. Students were encouraged to receive the proper counseling needed to overcome their mental health issues.
by Mariam Ebrahimi
School: California School of podiatric Medicine
Clinical Experience: Henan, China
Student, Clinical experience
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