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MORELIFE: Preventative Health Access Program. No, Not the Drake Album.

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This semester I was enrolled in Occupation-Centered Programs for the Community taught by Dr. Jenny Martinez. In the class I paired up with 3 of my colleagues to create a community project around a topic that interested all of us: access to preventative healthcare. We all had a specific passion for delivering client-centered care, specifically focusing on culturally appropriate interventions for the Latino and Black communities in Los Angeles.

Presenting our project, MORELIFE, at the end of the semester. Working with them was a joy since we all desired to address the current health disparities in Los Angeles.

Presenting our project, MORELIFE, at the end of the semester. Working with them was a joy since we all desired to address the current health disparities in Los Angeles.

My team and I created a proposal for our community program, which we called MORELIFE: Preventative Health Access. The proposal included all the necessary components that would be required to start a new service. Thus, over the 16 week semester, we developed a trends analysis, needs assessment, literature review, marketing plan, mock funding request, and program evaluation. At the end of the semester, we delivered a presentation to our classmates, staff, and faculty members in the USC OT program. It may seem like a lot of work because it was a lot of work (lol); however, we received continuous guidance and support from our professor, Dr. Martinez who we met with weekly and other faculty members such as Dr. Stacy Niemiec who so generously shared her experience in developing a very similar program, ¡Vivir Mi Vida!. Since undergrad, I have always wanted to create and then deliver a community project focusing on health disparities so by gaining these skills I am one HUGE step closer to implementing a program like MORELIFE into society.

During the end of the semester presentation, I eagerly presented on the program my 3 colleagues and I had been working on for the entire semester.

During the end of the semester presentation, I eagerly presented on the program my 3 colleagues and I had been working on for the entire semester.

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