THE IMPACT YOU MAKE
HSC Donor Newsletter
This Thanksgiving holiday, though different from years past, we are no less grateful for the support shown by our HSC community. Donors like you kept us going during the toughest of times, and we couldn’t be more grateful. You generously gave over $111,000 to help students in need of assistance during the pandemic and most important of all: you never stopped believing in us. Thank you.
Amongst our alumni and donors are health care workers on the frontlines working hard to ease the spread and impact of the pandemic, and we thank those who wake up every day to create solutions for a healthier community.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving,
HSC Donor Relations
HSC’s new program prescribes lifestyle as medicine, donors pave the way
When HSC set out to build a lifestyle health graduate degree program, cookie-cutter was never an option. With a staggering 70 to 80 percent of chronic disease conditions such as type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and hypertension being attributed to lifestyle health habits, educating health care providers and health coaches in this field has never been more important.
With diseases like type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and hypertension all being major risk factors for those who contract COVID-19, understanding how we can prevent or reverse these diseases can make all the difference.
Dr. Misti Zablosky, Chair of the Department of Lifestyle Health, has been a key player in building this unique graduate program that focuses on the importance of all-round health and how an interdisciplinary approach to health care can help patients live longer and healthier lives.
Lifestyle Health may also hold the key to solving issues in health care spending for patients around the globe.
“We are spending 75% of our health care dollars treating these conditions that may be avoided or reversed through positive lifestyle health habits. This model of care is not sustainable” says Dr. Zablosky.
HSC donors have stepped in to help build this pioneering program in transformational ways. Partners like Michele and Fred Reynolds have played a big part in turning a dream into a reality.
For more than ten years, the Reynolds have been integral community partners with HSC through their philanthropic support, as well as through membership on the HSC Foundation’s Board of Directors.
From providing free yoga classes in her home, to leading pre-meeting meditation sessions for the Board, Michele’s passion for health and well-being is widely known by her many friends across campus and in the community.
When the Reynolds were made aware of the opportunity to help fund the Lifestyle Health program, they saw this as a way to connect their passion to giving.
The Reynolds enthusiastically offered support for the program, but specifically wanted to have a direct impact on the program’s curriculum and delivery. The program they envisioned would provide the essential, world-class education and training necessary for graduates to enter the workforce immediately upon completion of the 12-month curriculum.
Their generous gift provides the unique opportunity to enlist the talent of national and international subject matter experts to develop the curriculum for the program’s 10 online learning modules. This is critical in building a robust, nationally recognized program in an ever-important area of whole health.
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Bricks for benefit: HSC donors pave the plaza and support students across campus
Donors to the HSC Pave the Plaza program not only get their very own brick installed in the renovated Alumni Plaza behind the Gibson D. Lewis library, but they also get the joy of knowing that proceeds of the program support the newly created HSC for Life Endowed Student Scholarship.
Once fully funded the HSC for Life Endowed Student Scholarship will benefit students from each of HSC’s schools and will serve as an ever-lasting legacy for the generous donors who are leaving their mark on campus in more than one way.
Already, $19,649 in proceeds have been raised for the scholarship with $25,000 needed to endow it. Because of our alumni and friends, we are less than $6,000 away from creating an endowed scholarship to benefit students from every corner of campus! Leave your mark on the plaza as we celebrate 50 years with a $50 brick!
Your giving makes a world of difference
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