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MIKE Program empowers youth to be ambassadors of health in service to their diverse communities through mentorship, partnership, and the promotion of healthy kidneys.
Why MIKE Program?
We exist because chronic disease conditions including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and risky behaviors [alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and other risky social behaviors] are increasingly impacting our children, especially low income and minority children, and are expected to contribute to the epidemic of chronic kidney failure. Tragically, although fully 70% of chronic kidney failure is preventable, it and the conditions leading to it sap the well-being of the affected individuals, their families, and society.
To reverse this trend MIKE Program reaches young people at a time when their health options have the greatest chance to effect meaningful change.
To increase access to culturally inclusive health care, MIKE Program teams community and health professions students with youth. Both the teens and these near-age mentors participate in an inspire:aspire relationship to enhance and diversify our next generation of health care providers.
MIKE Program is aimed at all of society, but especially youth at greatest risk of preventable kidney failure.
What We Do:
- Team youth with volunteers and health professionals to promote healthy lifestyles through peer education and community outreach.
- Work in partnership with other youth programs to increase community participation and communicate the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
- Bring the health care community and youth in contact in a supportive environment of mutual understanding.
- Test the assumption that over time it is youth who best will communicate a message of health in their broader communities.
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