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NMC Graduate Publishes Health Booklet (October 7, 2009)

Through a class project in cooperation with a local community health outreach program, Northern Marianas College graduate Lourdes (Lou) Villazon recently compiled a booklet on the factors and effects of heart disease that has been published for public dissemination. The program, the Wise Women Village Project (WWVP), is a federally funded outreach and preventive health program designed to increase health awareness among women in the CNMI.

The booklet, entitled “A Healthy Heart,” focuses on both the factors of heart disease and steps that can be taken to prevent and control risk among women in the CNMI. The booklet also discusses the links between heart disease and other health-related conditions.

Villazon, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in May of 2009, compiled the project as part of Barbara Merfalen’s Community Education Practicum class in the College’s Spring 2009 semester. In searching for a project topic, she referred to WWVP coordinator Latisha Lochabay, who outlined the program’s plans to develop educational resources that will be made available to the public.

“My discussions with Ms. Lochabay provided me with the necessary insight and resources I needed to compile my booklet,” said Villazon. “Moreover, I am thankful for all the help and guidance from the Wise Women Village Project and am honored to have contributed to their outreach efforts.”

The booklet, which is expected to be translated into Chamorro and Carolinian, will be made available at local health facilities and will be handed out at the WWVP’s monthly village health screenings.

“The College community is extremely proud of Lou’s achievement and contribution to the CNMI community,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez.

The Wise Women Village Project aims its efforts at reaching out to women who lack regular health care and provides them with free health screenings, referral services, and educational resources. The booklet complements the Wise Women Village Project’s goal of providing physical educational health-related resources to the community.

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