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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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RITA CHEN

Project Hearts Co-Director | Computer Science 2023

As I looked for clubs and activities to join, MESH stood out to me for its combination in both service and healthcare. As one of the first clubs I joined, I found a place that valued not only the health of others, but also inspired members to create change within their own communities. I am honored to serve as a Project Hearts Director for the upcoming school year, as heart health has always been a topic that I have a lot of passion and interest in. Apart from MESH, I am a third-year Computer Science major, hoping to pursue a career in medicine. I love sleeping, hiking, cooking, and exploring the city to find new cuisines and restaurants to eat!

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ARYAMAN TRIKALA

Project Hearts Co-Director |  Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology 2022

Ever since joining MESH in the beginning of my freshman year, I have been able to exercise my passion for community service and healthcare. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to provide resources and educate the underserved members of our community with my fellow peers in Project Hearts. MESH has allowed me to meet many amazing like-minded individuals who share a common passion of giving back to the community. I am looking forward to sharing these same invaluable experiences with our new project members. Outside of MESH, I love trying new foods around LA, spending time with friends, and playing video games.