In light of recent natural disasters such as landslides and earthquakes, the new Health Awareness Campaign Project at Fresno State will focus on emergency preparedness and will feature two events this week as part of National Public Health Week April 7-13.

The pilot project is led by graduate student Laura Calderon through Fresno State’s Department of Public Health.

The first event, “The American Red Cross: Team Fire Stopper,” is from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 in University Student Union, Room 308, and again from 4-5 p.m., in USU 309.

Team Fire Stopper will give one-hour presentations to discuss the importance of installing and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as fire prevention in the home.  Participants in the seminars will receive a free smoke detector, Calderon said.

The final presentation, “Emergency Preparedness and Lead Prevention,” will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in the Free Speech Area.

Public Health students will discuss ways to prevent lead poisoning in the home and how to be properly prepared for a disaster, including creating an emergency preparedness kit on a budget.

The students will provide emergency preparedness fact sheets that include a list of supplies or important phone numbers to have in case of an emergency, explained Calderon, who is conducting her graduate internship with the Department of Public Health.

The Health Awareness Campaign Project includes eight undergraduate students who are learning health education and promotion through health awareness campaigns on campus.

“The project is designed to educate the campus community on health topics affecting the campus,” said Dr. Miguel Perez, chair of the Department of Public Health, who is Calderon’s adviser for the project.

Other presentations of the Health Awareness Campaign Project earlier in the semester included maintaining heart health and breastfeeding awareness.

(Copy by Jodi Raley, University Communications news assistant.)

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