BoulderShares® in collaboration with experts in the field of Public Health, is proud to introduce a health card for adolescents, on a trial basis beginning in April 2012.
The youth adolescent health card was introduced and distributed to 98 girl and 48 boy soccer players during a recent soccer tournament sponsored by BoulderShares and hosted by GOALS Haiti (Global Outreach and Love of Soccer) in Port-au-Prince in April 2012.
The card was originally created and used by over 5,000 female soccer players in the Jeremie region of Haiti. In collaboration with experts in the field of public health, BoulderShares chose to modify and disseminate the card to both male and female players to provide them with a tool to track and monitor weight, blood pressure, educational seminars attended and visits to medical facilities. Key contact information, cell phone numbers, vaccination records, and blood type data is also provided for so that this information is easily accessible.
The purpose of the card is to empower youth in Haiti to “Protect their Health” by taking charge of medical data and maintaining ownership of their records. A chart for menses data is included. BoulderShares believes that sex education is a two-way street and our preliminary findings revealed that the boys were very interested in the literature originally intended for the girls. Similarly, we found the girls to be interested in the supplies originally intended for the boys.
Each patient was consented and logs were kept so that follow up data can be collected quarterly. The players will be seen again in 3 and 6 -month intervals to measure the usage and efficacy of the card.
Thanks to the cooperation and collaboration of friends and staff at IMR (International Medical Relief), more cards will be distributed and tracked through mobile field clinics throughout Haiti in June and December. Continued access to the soccer population will occur thanks to the cooperation and collaboration of GOALS Haiti and Le Centre d’Atheletique d’Haiti.
Following is a soccer player's letter of thanks to BoulderShares in Kreyol and in English:
Photo credit for banner image, center, amputee soccer players- Emily Van Tassel
Following is a special note of gratitude to BoulderShares from the Director of GOALS Haiti:
Dear Leslie and Karla,
"...Thanks to your work improving youth health and your support throughout everything, I am truly proud of the impact that this tournament has had on hundreds of young people in Haiti in a relatively short period of time. This entire initiative was possible solely because of the generous support of BoulderShares, and I hope you can help me share my thanks with everyone who made this happen on the US side of things.
You're both incredible people doing incredible things - thank you for allowing GOALS to take this on!"
Director, GOALS Haiti