SCU Named a White House Healthy Campus
Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) is an official White House Healthy Campus!
SCU joined close to 400 colleges nationwide in a White House-led initiative to ensure college students are informed of their options for healthcare. As one of the top health sciences universities in the country, SCU was thrilled to participate in the challenge. SCU’s efforts, led by the SCU Health System, aligned with the university’s commitment to foster a healthy campus environment for all students.
As part of the challenge, SCU conducted a well-attended “SCU Cares” event featuring a blood drive, open enrollment opportunities, and other community service and outreach activities.
In recognition of SCU’s efforts, an invite was extended from the White House to attend an event honoring participating universities. SCU staff members, Nichole Martinez, Health System Director of Marketing, and Jaqueline Faria, Marketing Liaison joined SCU chiropractic student and Associated Student Body President, Julie Lau at the White House for the prestigious event. While visiting the White House was incredibly exciting for Julie Lau, the opportunity was bittersweet—as she would miss white coat ceremony, which was happening at the same time.
To the surprise of Julie, she received a once in a lifetime opportunity when SCU was called to the stage to receive the award. Julie was coated onstage by Kristie Canagallo, Assistant to (former) President Obama and Deputy Chief of Staff of Implementation at the White House.
”It was an amazing experience and an honor to represent the SCU student body at the White House. Not only did I learn about the struggles, achievements, and impact the Affordable Care Act had on the American healthcare system within the last few years, but it also encouraged me to become a better healthcare provider for my future patients,” says Julie Lau.
“The best part of the trip was seeing Julie Lau being presented her white coat on stage. She was literally shaking with excitement. Knowing that the presentation was streaming live and that people at SCU were watching made it even better,” says Nichole Martinez.
Upon returning from the White House, Nichole, Jackie, and Julie presented Dr. Scaringe with the award. SCU is honored to receive this esteemed honor! We will continue to create a healthy environment for students, staff, and faculty.