By Jerry Opdenaker
Special to the Palm Beach Daily News
The Haitian dance company Ayikodans, directed by acclaimed choreographer Jeanguy Saintus, exploded onto the Kravis Center's Rinker Playhouse stage Saturday night to a sold-out performance.
A rousing evening of spiraling shapes, contorted lines and passionate cadences that define the deep-rooted struggles of the Haitian people was beautifully encased within the choreography created by Saintus and dramatically framed by Albert Crawford’s lighting design, producing surreal environments for the dancers to convey their passionate plea.
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s innovative approach to medical education received national exposure Wednesday, Jan. 5, when National Public Radio (NPR) featured the medical school’s Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP initiative on its Morning Edition radio show that is broadcast to a national audience.
To access the radio piece and accompanying story, click here.
The Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP initiative is a core component of the College of Medicine curriculum. Through NeighborhoodHELP, the community outreach arm of the Green Family Medicine & Society Program, each medical student is part of a team that includes students from nursing, social work, public health, law and other disciplines. Over a three-year period, each medical student will work with a household. The interdisciplinary cooperation is similar to the model that is taking shape in modern medicine, as doctors collaborate with counterparts such as social workers to address a patient’s needs.
Last year, the Green Family Foundation (GFF), a private, non-profit organization that supports social programs dedicated to improving community health and elevating universal socio-economic conditions, announced a $5 million gift – $10 million with state match – to fund the Medicine & Society program.
It was a scene straight out of that old campy commercial from the 1980’s. Hoping to relieve her back pain, Ruth Triebwasser went to sleep on a recliner instead of her bed. Sometime during the night, she slid off the chair and could not get up.
In the original television ad for a medical alarm bracelet company, the actress playing the elderly woman who falls, uttered the now famous catchphrase, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” A friendly dispatcher immediately assured her help was on the way. But in real life things are more complicated. And on that day, of all days, she can’t remember why, but Triebwasser wasn’t wearing her medical alert bracelet. “I wear it always. That night I didn’t have it on.”
The frail, elderly Miami Gardens resident would spend nearly 24 hours on the cold tile floor before firefighters broke in to rescue her, and there is no telling how much longer she would have lain there, or if she’d even be alive today were it not for the NeighborhoodHELP™ (Health Education Learning Program) team.
“We knocked on the door and we didn’t get an answer,” said Faisal Rahim, a second year medical student at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Rahim is one of the members of an interprofessional team that visits Triebwasser once a month as part of the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™, a key component of the College of Medicine curriculum.
|»||Check out our new site highlighting our work in support of Haiti last year.|
|»||See how the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program at FIU changes lives|
|»||Purchase Alan Lomax In Haiti: Recordings For The Library Of Congress, 1936-1937, nominated for two GRAMMY Awards.|
|»||Watch GFF President Kimberly Green's CGI Stories segment about the music of Alan Lomax.|