Cohort 24 nursing students Lita Edmond, April Lorenzana, Kelly Rivera, Nicolette Tysma and Raymond Lipumano teamed up with Operation Samahan’s Youth 2 Youth Center to kick off the 8th Annual Safe Summer Slam (S3), Saturday, April 28, 2012.
The students educated more than 200 South Bay-resident adolescents and their families on Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) prevention. Adopting the motto of “One less with HPV,” they provided written and verbal education about the harmful effects of HPV and how to protect against the virus.
After educating individuals, the students walked a total of 10 qualified adolescents over to Operation Samahan’s clinic to receive a free immunization of Gardisil, a HPV preventative vaccine provided by Merck Drug Company.
Safe Summer Slam is a community outreach program designed to bring health awareness to adolescents through education, entertainment, and access to health services in the community. United States Mexico Border of Health Commission funded this year’s event. Also, National City’s Mayor, Ron Morrison and Council Member Mona Rios gave opening remarks. Several organizations supported the event by providing other health services and educational booths.