Teen Heart-Health Initiative
Teen Heart-health Initiative
is a teen-powered, global health-initiative incubated at JSES International since 2014.
Dr. Karol Watson, MD
Founded May 2014 by
Luca Pistor, Kaycee Branche, Hannah Fogelmann
UCLA Health awarded Kaycee Branche, and JSES founder Luca Pistor,
an "Impact Award" at the 2017 Heart Awards
In recognition of your determined efforts to spread the cardiovascular health message
to a whole generation of younger people
Barbra Streisand's Women's Heart-health Program (UCLA)
Directed by Dr. Karol Watson, MD
Co-directed by Dr. Tamara Horwich, MD, Dr. Marcella Calfon Press, MD
THH Leadership Team
Mafalda von Alvenslaben, Corrie Branche, Alaman Diadhiou, Lara von Donnersmarck, Leo Donnersmarck, Erika Ekstrand, Sophie Ekstrand, Johanna Francis, Lucy Fried, Marcus Pistor, Jacob Tamkin, Scott Tamkin
The mission of theTeen Heart-Health Initiative is to share AHA-approved heart-health information with youth and teens around the world, with the aim to empower life-long heart-health habits and save as many future lives as possible, in the long-term.
In March of 2014, JSES Founder Luca Pistor, was invited by Dr. Karol Watson MD, Dr. Tamara Horwich, MD, and Dr. Marcella Calfon Press, MD, to a UCLA round-table to discuss how JSES could share their teen-reach to build awareness of preventative cardiovascular health for teens. Inspired by the cardiologists, Luca and Kaycee co-founded the Teen Heart-health Initiative under the mentorship of Dr. Watson and her team. Luca brought the initiative into JSES Berlin 2014 and JSES Santa Monica 2014 to gather research and ideas from 50 JSES participants.
At JSES Santa Monica 2015, Hannah Fogelmann and Alaman presented the initiative at JSES Santa Monica 2015 which garnered local support. Luca and Kaycee were introduced to LA's heart-health community at the UCLA Pauley Pavilion's 2015 Let's Talk event. Lara von Donnersmarck presented her Donners Market idea for farm-to-table produce boxes with a unique educational element, which received interest from a local family farm.
JSES Santa Monica 2016 hosted a Teen Heart-health Initiative round-table lunch with Dr. Karol Watson, MD, and Dr. Tamara Horwich, to create the Teen Leadership Team, where they brainstormed ideas and developed a music/media-project with professional musicians to roll-out in 2017.
JSES Santa Monica 2017 hosted a round-table lunch with Dr. Karol Watson, MD, and heard the updates of funding by Dr. Gordon, and a web app that sends heart-friendly texts to teens and the JSES group brainstormed on how to support that project. Luca and Kaycee were given UCLA Heart Awards' Impact Awards.
Breaking it down with the JSES-methodology:
DEFINE THE PROBLEM
1. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the U.S.
2. Teens DO NOT have access to updated heart-health-education to for their future heart-health.
3. Teens don't have access to testing for congenital heart-problems
4. Teens are under too much stress which is back for the heart, and need to learn de-stressing techniques.
CREATE A SOLUTION
1. Name it to tame it! We are the Teen Heart-Health Initiative and we take daily action.
2. Work with Dr. Karol Watson MD and team to gather updated data for teen heart-health.
3. Find doctors and nurses to test for heart problems in youth and teens, introduce the initiative to LA's health-community
4. Learn and teach de-stressing techniques to students, and get de-stress professionals into schools.
MEASURE SOCIAL IMPACT
The teen-reach of Teen Heart-health Initiative has surpassed 3,000.
We are increasing our reach by visiting schools in LA, NY, Berlin, and Xi'an.
A city-wide launch started this year and #TeenHearthealthInitiative is expanding on social media.
DEFINE THE NEXT STEPS
Twice a year round-tables to check on our heart-health projects and teen reach program. Communicate THH through word of mouth, and JSES Santa Monica 2017 and JSES Berlin 2017 and Xi'an 2017, to get more teens on-board through school and community presentations*, through social media.
LOCAL PRESS for JSES & Teen-heart-health Initiative:
U Magazine May 2016
UCLA Health Website 2017
Diana Skaar UCLA 2016
Santa Monica Daily Press 2015
Santa Monica Mirror 2015
Mirman School, UCLA Lab School, Berlin British School, Berlin Metropolitan School, JFK Schule, Nelson Mandela School, Pluralistic School ONE, Pressman Academy, Santa Monica High School
Junior Social Entrepreneurship Summit
School and Community Presentations"
Mirman School (K-8) - February 2016
Corpus Christi - May 2016
Crossroads School - May 2016
WeWork Promenade Santa Monica - June 2016
Berlin Metropolitan School - July 2016
WeWork Sony Center Potsdamer Platz Berlin - July 2016
UCLA Lab School - September 20, 2016
John Adams Middle School - October 2016
Lincoln Middle School - November 2016
Friends School NYC - December 2016
Schiller Gymnasium, Berlin - December 2016
PS1 School - February 2017, March 2017
Santa Monica High School, April 2017
Friends Seminary School, June 2017
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