Thursday, May 19, 2011

BVHP wellness strategy goes international

The Seva* Partnership, a wellness policy and advocacy project that has connected community members and medical professionals in the service of better health for residents of Bayview Hunters Point, just went international.

Two neighborhood residents, Roberto Ariel Vargas and Sudeep Motupalli Rao, and Dr. Sharad Jain, who directs the Internal Medicine Residency Track program for UCSF at SF General Hospital, delivered a presentation about the partnership to participants at the Community-University Expo 2011 in Ontario, Canada last week. About forty attendees interested in how to better connect education and work in the community setting discovered the Seva* project.

The newly revised Seva* Health Care Policy, Practice and Advocacy Recommendations was made available online so that participants could see the practical results of such a project.

The brief and website emerged from a series of dialogues with residents that Seva* hosted at several community organizations to explore grassroots wisdom about strengths and challenges residents of Bayview Hunters Point experience with regard to staying well.

The community-based participatory research process and resulting policy and advocacy tool were reviewed by an "Accountability Council" of residents, healthcare professionals and community advocates. Key findings include the importance to residents of social cohesion, a clean environment, quality youth mentorship, improved access to care, and a better response to trauma caused by violence.

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