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SHHS Holiday Cheer Event was a succcess!

The New Year rang in a little brighter for several San Diego families thanks to the initiative from the new Dean of the School of Health and Human Services.  Dr. Gloria McNeal began an initiative during the Holiday season to increase the SHHS’s involvement in the community.  She reached out immediately to involve students and worked with faculty to identify local families who needed help during the Holidays.  These families were also identified for the work they do in their communities as role models and parents.  The NU student nursing association began to raise money for these families, along with the involvement of SHHS faculty and staff.  A total of $2,500 was raised for holiday gifts for the children and parents.  The families were recognized at a public event at the Spectrum campus on December 16th.  Speakers included faculty members Dr. AlbaDiaz from Community Health and Dr. Lori Michelangelo from Nursing.  Dr. Michelangelo’s Community Healthcare Delivery Class was the contact for the families that students work with.  Dr. McNeal gave some opening remarks and ran the event emphasizing the importance of community engagement.  Provost Debra Bean also spoke at the event and shared the support of NU Administration for community engagement.  Look for more community engaging activities from the SHHS in the coming year as a faculty committee has been formed to increase community engagement.  Click on the pictures below to enlarge the photos taken at the event:

Our families pose in front of our Holiday tree with Dr. Diaz (at left, red jacket), Dean McNeal (center, blue top), and Dr. Michelangelo (right of the Dean in this photo).

Provost Debra Bean speaks at the podium and Dr. Diaz interprets in Spanish as the Dean looks on.

Students, faculty, and staff pose with the Dean at the podium to be recognized.


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