Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Updates!!!!! Sign up for Oral cancer walk

Here is a list of the upcoming tentative events:

7/29: Mandatory meeting for vitals, charla, etc

8/5: Mandatory meeting to pack supplies and have fun before trip

8/12-8/18: BRIGADE IN PANAMA!

A small side note: if you guys are interested in going, please make sure to arrange for vaccinations and to make/renew passports (passport expiration date should be 6 months after end of trip)

Please feel free to email us with any questions you have to fhmedicalbrigades@gmail.com
Have a wonderful night! :)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hi everyone! Hope spring break is going well! Spring quarter is going to be busy with some big steps before our summer trip.


Here is a list of the upcoming tentative events:

4/12:  Club Day table on campus
Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1f82fZytPBUTpTI4DskzhBCrEsA5M4YUGYWJ0r3ZUXr0/edit?usp=sharing
4/29: Oral Cancer Walk

5/? (date TBD):  Event through Latino Heritage Month at Foothill.  Booth with info about health care in Central America.
5/7:  Palo Alto Farmer's Market
Sign up link to be posted soon.
5/15$250 deposit due 

7/29: Mandatory meeting for vitals, charla, etc

8/5: Mandatory meeting to pack supplies and have fun before trip

8/12-8/18: BRIGADE IN PANAMA!

A small side note: if you guys are interested in going, please make sure to arrange for vaccinations and to make/renew passports (passport expiration date should be 6 months after end of trip)

We got some feedback that some of you are confused with the blog posts. Please feel free to email us with any questions you have to fhmedicalbrigades@gmail.com
Have a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hi All,

This is the blog that we will be using to keep everyone updated on events and to give information for various things. There will also be links to sign up shifts for certain events! 
The following list is the tentative list of events up to the Brigade. 

3/23:  Campus book sale
Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Z5gt7njs1fh2MXO5Qsw-XQ8agG3CTdaQbGAwoKTZ6xo/edit#gid=0
4/1:  Deanza Flea Market 
Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sB4wcXLZ9icAgjQ23zahYxT1QQ2azZKNpL69-eohvrE/edit?usp=sharing
4/12:  Club Day table on campus
Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1f82fZytPBUTpTI4DskzhBCrEsA5M4YUGYWJ0r3ZUXr0/edit?usp=sharing
4/29: Oral Cancer Walk

5/? date TBD:  Event through Latino Heritage Month at Foothill.  Booth with info about health care in Central America.
5/7:  Palo Alto Farmer's Market
Sign up link to be posted soon.
5/15:  $250 deposit due 

7/29: Mandatory meeting for vitals, charla, etc


8/5: Mandatory meeting to pack supplies and have fun before trip

For any questions, please email us at fhmedicalbrigades@gmail.com

Thank you and have a wonderful day! :)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hey Brigaders,

I hope you are all having some well-deserved time off! First off, let me congratulate all of you on the amazing work that was done during the brigade! None of this would have been possible without the contribution made by every single one of you. Secondly, I wanted to remind everyone about the next meeting on September 12th. This will mostly be a reflection meeting in which we get to talk about our experiences, and of course just hangout in general! The location and time are still in the works, but we will keep you posted! Stay glued to the blog and look out for emails from Swaran and Summer, have a good day y'all!

-Shahil Sharma

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Hello Brigadiers,

We have one day until the start of this brigade, omg. I hope all of you are as excited as I am to get this thing started! Now for one of the last post's before the brigade, I just wanted to go over some important pieces for the airport arrival.

1. We are meeting tomorrow, Monday the 10th @ 10:00 pm sharp. If you are late, you will be penalized with a full day of data entry. Not fun at all, so get to the airport on time, please.

2. Please meet at SFO International airport Terminal 1- Avianca Airlines

3. Bring your assigned suitcase(s) with you to the airport.

4. Make sure you have a COPY of your passport and a copy of your vaccine records in your carry on luggage. 

5. If you are under 21, make sure to have the signed form on your person. It is also attached in the latest email sent by Summer.

6. If you are a international student bring your visa and necessary paperwork.

7. Make sure that you have $40 in CASH only for you exit fee (will be collected first thing when we arrive at our compound)

8.We will have e-tickets printed out for each of you

9. Those who did not get a backpack & 1-2 umbrellas yesterday, at our mandatory packing meeting, must reply to the email Summer just recently sent out. Or you can send an individual email to either Summer or Swaran.

10. You must be wearing our green club t-shirt for easy identification throughout the airports.

11. Towels will be provided to us in the housing, so there is no need to pack any!

12. Remember to bring 1-2 rolls of toilet paper. Also, don't forget work gloves! Those are vital for the public health portion.

13.You should have shoes that you are comfortable with getting dirty. Again, everyone is allowed one carry on size bag and one personal item (purse/ backpack/ laptop bag)

14. If you have trouble finding our group at the airport, please contact us!

If you have any last minute questions, don't hesitate to call! I hope everyone get's a good night's sleep and packs well, see you tomorrow night(ish).

Phone numbers:   Swaran: (510)754-4868   Summer Kanj: (408)649 4077

-Shahil Sharma

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hello Brigadiers,

I hope summer is treating everyone well! It's been awhile since our last post, but a ton has happened since then. For everyone who attended mandatory meeting #2, sorry if you're comatose with all the information that was dished out. If you did not attend, please go over the email sent out by Karen Erickson, it contains all the material from the meeting and is digital gold in reference to the trip! To get everyone up to speed, we're going to go over some important updates, some of which were in the minutes sent out.
  1. Our second mandatory meeting went by smoothly, for everyone who did not make it, go over the material emailed by Karen. It provides information regarding vitals, charla, and all the other necessities for the trip. Pay extra attention to the minutes, it goes over the required documents you need to go through.
  2. Since we are closing in on the Brigade, we are now accepting applications for leadership positions next year! There are currently two positions, president and co-president. To apply, fill out the form sent out by Karen and Swaran.  The deadline for this is June 24th, very soon I know! If you think have the skill set, fill out the form and send it in. Remember, by involving yourself with a leadership position, you have a responsibility not just to the club, but to the school and many others.
  3. Laptops! Give us all your laptops! Just kidding, we are requesting volunteered laptops for the brigade; these laptops will be used largely for recording items and such. We need about 3-6 more laptops so please, if you can, let us know! The computers need to be running either: Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
  4. If anyone has a travel scale, please contact Karen! It would be great to have one for our last meeting, aka packing day.
That is all, for now. We will be sending out a ton of reminders as the brigade creeps closer, so keep an eye out for those emails! Enjoy your summer y'all!

-Shahil Sharma

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hey Brigadiers,

I hope is everyone is surviving dead week! Keep on rollin folks. We just have a couple of updates to go over, generally what was sent out in the recent set of minutes.


  • We are nearing the brigade date, so get super excited everyone! Since we are so close, any type of donations should be sent in. Specifically, we need: gently used backpacks, umbrellas, suitcases, and boxes of crayons. Reach out to family members, friends, anyone you know, as long it is functional, you're set. 
  • Our July 11th Mandatory Meeting is coming up, so be prepared! If you haven't confirmed the date yet, be sure to do so. Contact Karen or Swaran if you cannot make it! On the agenda there is the pre-brigade curriculum we are going over in the meeting, it is at your disposal! 
  • Make sure you're prepared by going over the brigadier checklist, the brigade date can creep up on you! To access the checklist, you can click the link at the bottom right of this blog. Once you click that, go to the volunteer tools at the top right, and follow the directions from there! On the left will be a list of resources and the checklist will be all the way at the bottom.
  • A brigadier, from the University of Pittsburgh, has introduced us to the option of a vision clinic. This clinic would provide close to 400 readers and 300 sunglasses. Being able to see and read is something highly valued by the members in the community. The overall cost would be about $550, as a brigade, we are currently at $14,000 in club funds. If you agree/disagree with this, let Karen know by replying to the email she sent out!

Just a quick update to keep you guys informed! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Karen or Swaran. Before you know it, the brigade will be staring you in the face, so it's best to iron out any inquires as soon as possible. Good luck on finals everyone, see you soon!

-Shahil Sharma