April 1, 2013
Going on my first China California Heart Watch trip as a Junior in High School, I had not yet been introduced to, what most would consider, the real world. What I received from the internship was not only an introduction, but a chance to truly make a difference. The villages we visited reflected the day-to-day lifestyle most farmers in Yunnan Province experience as well as the health problems that accompany it. We spent our days and nights amongst the people and developed relationships that transcended the alienating role of foreign philanthropist which we were all initially placed in. Such and intimate connection with the people solidified a general care for others within myself that I had not completely developed before the trip. Accompanying this newfound view of my relationship with others was the opportunity presented by the program to affect change. This was done through free clinics we conducted for anyone who wished to have a health check-up. As an intern, I helped conduct these clinics by collecting blood pressures as well as heart rates, interviewing villagers regarding their aliments, and assisting the doctors in obtaining ultrasound images. As well and most notably, the group collected data from the villagers, on their lifestyle and ensuing health, which has added to the literature regarding possible causes for hypertension and ensuing heart disease. In summation, China California Heart Watch provided me with the opportunity to help improve the health of a group of people, whom I specifically developed a close relationship with, as well as help obtain data that has contribute to the general cause of attempting to cure hypertension and ensuing heart disease.
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