WEEKLY NEWS TIP SHEET HEALTH TOPICS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 27, 2019

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    Health-care providers and researchers with the University of Louisville are available to discuss any of the following health topics this week. Click on the headline or scroll down for more information:

    • ACTIVE SHOOTER DISASTER DRILL SET FOR UofL HSC CAMPUS THIS SATURDAY
    • COMMUNITY MEMBERS INVITED TO SYMPOSIUM TO PREVENT YOUTH VIOLENCE
    • PANCAKES WITH A PURPOSE TO SUPPORT KRISTA M. LOYD RESOURCE CENTER
    • STUDY SEEKS LGBTQ+ PARTICIPANTS TO SHARE EXPERIENCE WITH NEUROLOGISTS

    ACTIVE SHOOTER DISASTER DRILL SET FOR UofL HSC CAMPUS THIS SATURDAY

    The UofL School of Medicine Disaster Medicine Certificate Series will hold an Active Shooter Disaster Drill on the Health Sciences Center campus from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 30.

    This will be a live-action (not tabletop) drill, complete with actors portraying both perpetrators and victims, and visual, sound and other effects to simulate reality.  The location will be the Instructional Building and the HSC Plaza, 500 S. Preston St.

    Due to the large-scale nature of this drill, bystanders may hear simulated gunshots or explosions, and see a large police presence on campus. Bystanders should not be alarmed, and should not call 911 as this is only a drill.

    In order for this drill to be safe and effective, the number of people on campus must be minimized. If anyone does not have to be on the HSC campus on March 30, please avoid the area.

    Media wishing to cover the disaster drill should contact Jill Scoggins, jill.scoggins@louisville.edu, by noon, Friday, March 29.

    COMMUNITY MEMBERS INVITED TO SYMPOSIUM TO PREVENT YOUTH VIOLENCE

    Adults and youth will gather for a day-long symposium focused on ending youth violence in Louisville on Saturday, April 6. Middle and high school youth, along with parents, teachers, policy makers and members of the community, are encouraged to attend “Uprooting Violence: Stepping Up for Our Community.”

    In the keynote talk, Cedric Merlin Powell, J.D., professor of law at the University of Louisville, will speak on “Systematic Equality vs. Systematic Racism.” Other presentations cover the role of community in youth violence prevention, the effects of trauma on youth, and city statistics and programs. Sessions designed for youth will address the aftermath of violence, conflict resolution and sexual consent.

    The event, Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Louisville Central Community Center, 1300 W Muhammad Ali Blvd., is sponsored by the UofL Office of Diversity and Inclusion – Health Sciences Center, Metro Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, Louisville Central Community Center, Louisville United Against Violence and numerous local churches and church federations. The first symposium in 2018 drew nearly 150 participants.

    Continental breakfast and lunch are provided for the first 150 registrants. Register at http://bit.ly/2Ev0Kaz.

    PANCAKES WITH A PURPOSE TO SUPPORT M. KRISTA LOYD RESOURCE CENTER

    A pancake breakfast fundraiser on April 13 will benefit the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center at the UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center (JGBCC). The resource center, located within the JGBCC, helps connect cancer patients and their family members with educational materials, support groups and other free services that can help in the healing process.

    The event is organized by Delisha Little, a UofL student studying oncology social work and an intern at the JGBCC.

    Tickets to Pancakes with a Purpose are $10 at the door and you can RSVP in advance. The event is Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Aspen Creek Oxmoor, 302 Bullitt Lane. All proceeds will support patient needs at the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center.

    For more information, to volunteer or RSVP in advance, contact delisha.little@louisville.edu.

    STUDY SEEKS LGBTQ+ PARTICIPANTS TO SHARE EXPERIENCE WITH NEUROLOGISTS

    Devin McBride, a UofL medical student and Health and Social Justice Scholar, and Kathrin LaFaver, M.D., a neurologist at UofL, are conducting a research study to bring attention to the experiences of LGBTQ+ patients with their physicians in and around Louisville. Little research has been done to determine what specific challenges are faced by LGBTQ+ patients with chronic neurological disorders. McBride and LaFaver will compile experiences relayed by individuals to determine what shortcomings exist in the care of LGBTQ+ patients with chronic neurological conditions.

    Individuals who are over the age of 40 who have a chronic neurological condition and who identify with the LGBTQ+ community are invited to participate in this study. Participation will involve a 30-minute in-person interview, with total participation time of one hour. Participants will be compensated with a pre-paid $20 gift card.

    Anyone interested in participating in this study should contact McBride or call LaFaver at the UofL Physicians – Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic, 502-582-7654.

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    Betty Coffman
    Betty Coffman is a Health Communications Specialist, working on the Health Sciences Campus with departments in the School of Medicine. A UofL alumna and Louisville native, she served as a writer and editor for local and national publications and as an account services coordinator and copywriter for marketing and design firms prior to joining UofL’s Office of Marketing and Communications.