One thing that I really enjoy about my service learning is that not only am I volunteering extra time for the Health Disparities Department, but since I am very involved with Colleges Against Cancer, I am able to branch out and speak with other people in different cancer advocacy issue areas. Last week I met with Nhia Lee, the American Cancer Society's Government Relations Person for the Midwest Division. She shared with me a ton of interesting information regarding smokeless tobacco products that aren't regulated by the FDA and various taxation laws. As Director of Mission Delivery, it is my job to be aware of the various legislation going on regarding cancer issues, which is why I often meet with Nhia to catch up to speed on these issues.
We also talked about different cancer legislation that has already been successful because I wanted advice for how to present this information to the general public at the U of M's Relay For Life. Being able to provide people with the facts about cancer, their risks of getting this disease, and preventative measures they can take is important to me and the mission of the American Cancer Society.
Lastly, I talked with Nhia about potential MN legislators having a presence as speakers or special guests at the Relay For Life this year. It's great to be able to talk with her about the different MN law makers because she has first hand experience talking and discussing issues with them, and I feel privileged to be offered opportunities to meet them as well and ask them to make decisions in the interest of their constituents.
As for this week, I will be working a table at the Student National Medical Association Health Fair, so I look forward to that!