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What We Do

Project Hearts aims to combat hypertension through blood pressure screenings and community education on heart health. Our volunteers coach patients on self-monitoring and tracking their blood pressure over time to improve their heart health. In targeting low-income, underserved patients in West L.A., we aim to provide them with a consistent source of knowledge and guidance on managing and improving their heart health. Members of Project Hearts are certified to advocate for and coach their patients to make beneficial lifestyle changes through the American Heart Association.

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Why Our Work Is Important

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in America. As it is a chronic condition, lifestyle management of heart health is vital. In targeting low-income, underserved patients in West L.A., we aim to provide them with a source of knowledge and guidance on managing and improving their heart health.

What Members Gain

CERTIFICATION

Members of Project Hearts are certified to advocate for and coach others on making beneficial lifestyle changes through the American Heart Association.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Members gain valuable experience providing health education in a simple, easy to understand way to patients coming from a variety of backgrounds. 

FULFILLMENT

Volunteers will build crucial communication and public speaking skills as well as the knowledge that they are making a significant contribution in the effort to prevent heart disease.

Our Directors

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PHILLIP MA

Project Hearts Co-Director | Psychobiology 2025

I chose MESH because I resonate with its mission to reach underserved populations through measures like preventative health and education. I look forward to empowering more students and individuals in my community by teaching them about how to take care of themselves and helping them get the care they need early. I am interested in becoming a psychiatrist but I'm not too sure yet! In my free time I love to play tennis, badminton, and watch basketball!

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RYAN HORIO

Project Hearts Co-Director | Pre-Human Biology and Society Major and Asian American Studies Minor 2025

I joined MESH's Project Hearts to get experience with cardiology-related events and volunteer opportunities. At our PATH Cooks visits, I enjoy cooking meals for the unhoused veteran community and conducting blood pressure screenings because I get the chance to talk to the veterans, listen to their experiences with homelessness, and find better ways to support their heart health. For fun, you can find me rock climbing, reading self-help books, drinking a cold yerb, or chilling with friends!