Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President, views Univer-sity of Arizona’s Sarver Heart Center research while on Members of West Palm Beach Alumnae on a mission trip to the Sorority’s school in Cher-ette, JOURNAL Spring 2016 s83 tal Health, planned a wonderful meet and greet, dinner reception, and tour of the University of Arizona’s Sarver Heart Center to share the collabora-tive partnership of TAC, the UA Sarv-er Heart Center (UASHC) and the un-derserved community also known as the Community Coalition for Heart Health Education (CCHHE). On Thursday, TAC members (Wanda Moore, Dena Munch, Pame-la Bush & Gloria Traynum) greeted Dr. Walker at the lovely JW Marriott Tucson Star Pass Resort. Later that evening, TAC Chapter members and Mu Eta Chapter (University of Arizo-na) hosted a dinner reception for Dr Walker. On Friday morning, Dr. Walk-er, Soror Moore, chair of the UASHC Minority Outreach program and TAC members were greeted by the Sarver Heart Center staff with a continental breakfast, presentations and a tour of the research programs for Women of Color funded by the collaborative partnership. The presentations highlight-ed the research on Women of Col-or. Sarver’s chief of staff and direc-tor of the Sarver Center, Dr. Nancy Sweitzer, and some of Sarver’s lead-ing researchers in minority women health shared presentations high-lighting their research. TAC in this collaborative partnership has estab-lished an endowment to continue the outreach education and research for the underserved popula-tion of women, who are less accessible to care, education and resources for prevention. s The West Palm Beach Alumnae Chapter par-ticipated in a mission trip to Cherette, Haiti from October 3 – 6, 2014. The mission trip was or-ganized by Soror De-nise O’Connor, chairper-son for the International Awareness and Involve-ment Committee. The purpose of the trip was to provide services and support and expand awareness of the Soror-ity’s elementary school – Delta Sig-ma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre Campus – located in Cherette. In preparation for the trip, the chapter initiated several drives including school uniforms, cloth-ing and shoes, back packs and hy-giene products. The school uniforms were purchased from the proceeds of the Birdies for Children Fundrais-er. There were over 5,500 items col-lected and 21 huge boxes shipped to Haiti prior to the arrival of the so-rors. The chapter was awarded a grant from the Embassy of the Unit-ed States to assist with the shipping costs. October 4 was designated as “A Day of Education” as chapter mem-bers read from several books that had been donated including “The Seven Blind Mice” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Kindergarten through second grade students par-ticipated in interactive read-aloud activities as they followed the main characters from the books. The out-side activities were based on strate-gies about cooperative play and the importance of exercise for the body. The third through fifth graders be-gan their day with an outside activity based on the story of “The Diary of a Worm” and later shared their reflec-tions in mini writing journals. Faith, hope and love were the themes shared as the sorors wor-shipped with students and their fam-ilies on October 5. Later, students were given book bags with supplies and uniforms along with words of en-couragement on the importance of staying in school and getting an ed-ucation. The responses and acco-lades from the students, teachers, staff, parents and community were overwhelming. The sorors, who were filled with inspiration, departed Hai-ti on October 6 knowing that while the mission was accomplished, plans were being made to return. Angela J. Marshall is president of the West Palm Beach Alumnae Chapter. s Haiti. tour with Tucson Alumnae Center.
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