National Donor Day (February 14)

National Donor Day is observed every year on February 14th in order to increase awareness about organ donation. The observance focuses on five different types of donations: Organs, Tissues, Marrow, Platelets, and Blood. Each type of donation saves lives. A single donor can save up to 8 lives and help more than 75 people! Caution and care is taken to make sure the donations are safe. For instance, fourteen tests are performed on each unit of donated blood.


Donations are extremely important and necessary for many successful recoveries throughout the country, and the world.

On campus, there are many opportunities to donate blood and platelets throughout the year. They are hosted by various organizations, the most common being Red Cross.

Eating Disorders Awareness & Screening Week (Feb. 24–March 1)

The Eating Disorder Awareness and Screening Week (NEDA Week--National Eating Disorder Awareness Week) attempts to promote inclusivity of the different types of eating disorders and the different people who are diagnosed with it in order to unify the field. Eating disorders have been considered a taboo by society since the early 1900s, assuming it to be a fully psychological problem with no physical aspect. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the general public began to realize that eating disorders are a real-life issue.

Because of this history, people fear speaking about their disorder openly. This, consequently, depicts the disorders as odd and unacceptable in society; thus, making more people reluctant to look for help.

The NEDA Week is important to bring awareness to the various eating disorders and to normalize the action of getting help and feeling comfortable speaking about the disorders.

Common Questions about the Coronavirus 

Networking Luncheon: 

Winter 2020



“I don’t forget where I come from, and I always make sure to give back.”

-Dr. Hanoun; former HPA member


These were the promising words of a now renowned, and undoubtedly successful, urologist of Santa Barbara County. Alongside Dr. Hanoun, we were grateful to host a handful of the most prominent physicians and health-oriented academics of the Santa Barbara region including physical therapist Marc, professor Mike Wilton, ophthalmologist Dr. Steven Zelko, pediatrician Dr. Kristen Hughes, family medical doctor Dr. Javanbakht, and cardiologist Dr. Ishu Rao. Through the combined efforts of our amazing HPA community and cooperation of each professional, the event was, to say the least, an outstanding and successful milestone. Each professional offered a variety of insightful answers to the questions provided by the attendees. Each response carried a weight of significance, where in which each professional shared a unique and personal experience within their respective field of practice!













Here are summaries that highlight major advice given by each professional!


Marc - shared the experienced advice of keeping an open mind, seeking to best find the right fit to ultimately become a better physician.

Dr. Zelko - touched upon Marc’s philosophy by reinstating that passions should be sought after and, once found, should be held onto, all the while, a niche of motivation is formed.

Mike - “I love telling people what to do over the summer!”  He offers the wisdom of taking advantage of the many opportunities offered through summer internships, scholarships, and organizations (such as HPA!) to best prepare for the long journey ahead.

Dr. Hannoun - had a keen sense of community asking of those who attended to familiarize themselves with the pathway which they are eager to take, and, through the bonds of this venture forward, he asks only that we pay homage to all those who will have made our journey possible and remember to be grateful along every step of the way.

Dr. Hughes - spoke on behalf of the practice of medicine, in which she encourages future generations of healthcare professionals to bring a sense of amiability and empathy into the field.

Dr. Javanbakht -  “Be true to yourself.” He advocated for truth in practice, not only in the work of being a physician but also through the preservation of personal passions.

Dr. Rao - “don’t rush through it... enjoy the journey... it will make you a better doctor.” He reminded us to remain open-minded and optimistic about each new endeavor faced.



Once again, none of this could have been made possible without the contributions of our amazing HPA community, and everyone who helped make this amazing event possible. We are so glad you could join us and we hope to see you at future HPA events, thank you!





Intertwined within the fields of medicine and laboratory research,

cytotechnologists aim to pinpoint cellular anomalies to detect signs of

terminal illnesses in patients. They are the “behind the scenes” doctors

working to spot illnesses such as cancer, precancerous lesions,

infectious agents, or inflammatory processes through microscopic

images of human cells.


The main goal of a cytotechnologist is to detect an illness as soon as

possible, in order to either prevent it from spreading or becoming worse or to prevent

it from happening altogether. It is also common to find a cytotechnologist

working alongside a pathologist, a medical healthcare provider who

examines bodies and body tissues for the disease. Typically, the cytotechnologist

must first experiment with human cells to detect an abnormality. He will

then refer this information to the pathologist who may interpret

the results and work to determine a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.


How can YOU become a Cytotechnologist: 

First, you must earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college. You must then apply to a select handful of the many cytotechnologist programs. Here are some just to name a few:

  • George Washington University

  • University of Connecticut 

  • Saint Louis University

  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick

  • University of North Texas


These are only a handful of institutions who offer this program. You will be

required to fulfill at least 28 credits in the sciences, and at the end

of completing the program, you will be referred to take the

certification exam to become a certified cytotechnologist!


Lifestyle and Salary:

Research positions vary; often, cytotechnologists find themselves working at a hospital or in commercial laboratories. Opportunities in employment vary depending on geographics; however, at the pace in advancements of medicine, this particular career is likely to see an increase in demand over the course of the next two decades.

On average, salaries are $61,235 per year.     

Medicinal/Technological Advancements:

Smart Inhalers

Smart Inhalers are the newest improvements to asthma care!

These Bluetooth technology, allergy sprays are small medical devices filled with medicine that are used to treat people with asthma, chronic respiratory pulmonary disease (COPD), and many other respiratory problems.

This new technological advancement is better equipped with the following:

  • Helps in proper technique and usage

  • Better asthma control & improved quality of control

  • Aids in monitoring whether you administered the medicine with proper technique

  • Records date and time of each dosage through its sensors

  • Data of dosage is sent to the patient’s mobile device or computer through Bluetooth so you can monitor your condition

  • Healthcare professionals can track patients inhaler usage & provide feedback

Preparing For Finals?

Here Are Some Tips! 


Crossword Challenge 

First 5 people who complete this crossword puzzle will receive free HPA stickers and merchandise! 

All you have to do is fill in all the words on the crossword puzzle (searching it up online is allowed) and email a completed picture of it to with your full name! 

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