October 2018: Letter from the President
Dear HealthCorps Family,
As the weather begins to cool and students settle into a routine for the school year, our staff and coordinators are hard at work executing educational programs for students and communities across America.
Last Tuesday, we celebrated World Mental Health Day. As one of our core values, mental resilience is incorporated in many of our lessons. Our HealthCorps students have expressed their concerns with us — often times, it stems from social media or the circulating news cycle. That’s why we’ve partnered with iSpeakMedia, a foundation that is dedicated to advancing media literacy, to bring Media Literacy Week (November 5 – 9) to our schools. When our students analyze, evaluate, and question the content they are exposed to, they can distinguish what is biased, adjusted, and simply untrue. In turn, this makes them less anxious, and they are less likely to experience “FOMO” or the “fear of missing out.” Bringing this framework to HealthCorps students is just the first step in addressing other concerns.
Throughout October and November, we are holding the National Night of Conversation, where we encourage parents and students to discuss drugs and alcohol over dinner. Having that transparent conversation has proven to lower a child’s risk of drug use. The tools and resources we share empower families with knowledge. The peace of mind that students receive is an invaluable way to address the opioid crisis.
It is so inspiring for us at HealthCorps to provide programs like Media Literacy and the National Night of Conversation to those who need it the most. As the holiday season approaches, we are feeling particularly thankful for you — our supporters — who allow us to give others the miraculous gift of health.
We hope you’ll join us for our upcoming Holiday Auction, launching on October 26, and for our Giving Tuesday campaign, launching on November 27.
We have so much more to accomplish, and we can’t do it without you!
President, HealthCorps Inc.