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Diabetes Central

For the past 20 years, the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Diabetes Center has been treating, educating and inspiring patients with the lifelong disease to live healthier lives. In celebration of Diabetes Awareness Day, on Nov. 2, center staff will be available on JHOC 2 to discuss risks for contracting the disease and ways to manage it for those who’ve already been diagnosed. The center is also sponsoring a lunch-and-learn program on Nov. 14, World Diabetes Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Info: 410-955-7139.

Volunteer Milestone

This month marks the 10th year that a team of breast cancer survivor volunteers at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center has been providing one-on-one support to newly diagnosed women. The volunteers—now numbering more than 30—are matched with patients based on age, stage of disease and anticipated treatment, and often accompany them to breast biopsies and other surgeries. Founded by the Breast Center’s administrative director, Lillie Shockney, the group is multifaceted.

Besides mentoring specific patients, the women serve as breast health educators (many having been certified through the American Cancer Society) at community health events and take an active role in fund raising. “They do whatever it takes to ease the pain,” says Shockney, “which is emotionally healing for both the newly diagnosed and the survivor.” Some volunteers haven’t battled breast cancer themselves but have lost a loved one to the disease. Adds Shockney: “They’ve made an impact here in their own right.” Info: 410-614-2853 or hopkinsbreastcenter.org.

Worldly Altruism

Hopkins Med Students

When they're not hitting the books or wards, some Hopkins med students are taking a lead role in two international medical relief organizations. Project SHARE addresses the shortages of medical supplies in developing countries by donating surplus, unused materials—like gloves, sutures and gowns not needed during surgeries—from U.S. hospitals. (Though these items are still clean, regulations prohibit them from being used again here.) According to first-year med student Shelly Choo, who chairs the Hopkins effort, the Hospital donated more than $36,000 worth of materials last year to parts of Africa, South America and Asia.

Similarly, third-year med student Jessica Schmidt is leading the charge for Hopkins Hospital's participation in Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. The organization finds ways for universities to improve poor countries' access to new drugs and technologies. Recently a group of Hopkins med students attended a UAEM conference in Boston. "We have a responsibility, even as students," observes sophomore attendee Jane Andrews, "to improve the lives of the world's poorest people."

Info: shareathopkins@jhmi.edu and 319-541-4563 or uaem.org.

 

 

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