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According to the AHA, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year, but it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. By wearing red and discussing the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women, the Go Red For Women campaign helps educate women and their healthcare professionals on ways they can fight this disease.
As a provider of healthcare career education, American Institute is proud to support this effort each year in each of our campuses and help educate future medical professionals and potentially save lives.
October 2015, Margate, Toms River, and Clifton – This October, American Institute students and staff spent the month fundraising to support the fight against Breast Cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime according to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, and many of the American Institute family have been personally impacted by the disease and are passionate about supporting this cause.
Margate students and staff held a ‘Pizza Day’ fundraiser along with asking clients at the Student Salon for donations after their services. The Margate and Toms River teams also walked in their local Making Strides Against Cancer Walks to show their support.
Team Clifton held a Go Pink day on campus to raise funds where students and staff donated to wear pink instead uniforms or business attire. Together, we were able to raise over $600 in donations for the American Cancer Society to help in the fight against breast cancer.
September 30th, 2015, West Hartford, CT – Students, faculty, and staff joined together to raise funds to help end domestic abuse and violence during the month of September in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Working with both Interval House, a local women’s safe house, and the Hands and Words Are Not For Hurting Project, students and staff raised over $600 in donations.
Since 1977, Interval House has been dedicated to providing services to prevent the cycle of family and intimate partner abuse. Since opening their doors, more than 200,000 victims of domestic violence have been helped. Interval House staff visited the campus and shared information on their services and how best to help those who find themselves in a domestic abuse situation.
The Hands and Words Are Not For Hurting Project was created in February of 1997 in Salem, Oregon to educate each person in every community about their moral and legal right to live free of abuse and violence. Since then, it has expanded to many schools and communities throughout the entire country and 11 foreign countries. Students and staff signed the 14-word pledge that ‘I WILL NOT USE MY HANDS OR MY WORDS FOR HURTING MYSELF OR OTHERS’ on a poster that now hangs in the student lounge as a daily reminder.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please call Interval House’s 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline at (860) 527-0550 or 1 (888) 774-2900.
American Institute is proud to support the CCMC Radiothon each year with fundraising on campus; this year, we raised almost $350 in donations! The Radiothon helped raise almost $120,000 overall, which will help give young patient’s the superb quality care they deserve.
Our American Institute staff have several amazing experiences at the hospital … Kim Voket, Program Director for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, and Kim Colbert, Campus President, both have first-hand knowledge of the care and support this organization provides. The two women, along with Ms. Colbert’s daughter Grace who has Type-1 Diabetes, attended the Radiothon this year to represent American Institute. Grace’s experience at the CCMC was even featured on the The Morning Show!
July 18, 2015, Toms River, NJ – Toms River students, faculty, and staff joined the Colon Cancer Alliance for the Undy Run/Walk this July, supporting the fight against colon cancer. The Colon Cancer Alliance is the leading national patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing screening rates and survivorship, and the Undy Run/Walk is one way they help get the word out to encourage people to get screened and beat the disease.
This cause hits close to home for our Toms River team, who walked in honor of Paul Bowen, a part of our extended AI family that lost his battle with colon cancer in February 2014. Said his son JP Bowen, “I have to take a minute and thank the American Institute family for everyone who participated in today’s walk, donated, or contributed in any aspect towards the walk and cause. Thank you!!”
July 8, 2015, Toms River, NJ – Students in the Toms River Medical Assisting class were treated to a guest lecture by Registered Nurse, Susan McKenna. She shared her experiences starting in the health care field as a Medical Assistant, as well as real-world advice for the roles and responsibilities of a Medical Assistant in the Emergency Department, in a hospital, and the medical industry overall. Ms. McKenna’s stories of life as an emergency nurse were compelling! Students especially appreciated her examples of how to maintain professionalism in the workplace as a Medical Assistant.
Thank you Ms. McKenna for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and share your experience with us!
June 22, 2015, Clifton, NJ – Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) students from the Clifton campus took their knowledge of the human body to a new level at the Body World exhibit in NYC. The exhibit helped students better visualize the organs and body parts they scan using ultrasound equipment in the training lab and on externship, enhancing their skills as future sonographers.
June 7, 2015, Garfield, NJ – POAC Autism Services is a nonprofit organization that provides more no-cost training and education for the autism community than any other organization. Clifton Massage Therapy students were delighted to provide complimentary chair massages to attendees at the Garfield Walk for a Difference event as they continue their fundraising efforts for this important cause.
In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report showing 1 in 68 children nationally has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. New Jersey had the highest rates, with 1 in 45, 1 in 28 boys. The national rate marks an increase of 30% from the previous 1 in 88 statistic.
Said Chief Operating Officer Christopher Coutts, “I’m proud of our Clifton Massage Therapy students and staff for providing support and services at this event and helping to support our local community.”
May 30, 2015, Clifton, NJ – Nearly every person’s life is touched by cancer at some point, whether you are now fighting or have personally fought the disease, or know and love someone who has, which is why American Institute remains committed to the fight against cancer.
In addition to providing chair massages during the Clifton Relay For Life event which raised over $64K this year, students and staff have held multiple fundraising events for the American Cancer Society, raising well over $500 so far in donations at the campus.
Said Chief Operating Officer Christopher Coutts, “It makes a huge difference to all of us at American Institute to participate in the fight against cancer as a part of our school experience. One of our core values is service, and many of our team members have been on the front lines of this fight, so I’m grateful to everyone who serves our community each year as we continue to work towards a cure together with the American Cancer Society.”
All Locations – From March to May 2015, each location celebrated the achievements of graduates with commencement ceremonies. At each ceremony, graduates spoke about their experience with American Institute and future career.
As Kathy Paul, Massage Therapy Graduate from Clifton, NJ campus said in her speech, “Congratulations to all of us on successfully completing our respective courses of study.” Kathy went on to share two words that grads (and everyone) can focus on as they move through their career: intention and gratitude. Greeting each day with the intention to do well and gratitude for what we have helps create a lifelong pattern of success. Kathy, we are so grateful for you and all our graduates, and the opportunity to be a part of all your career journeys!
Director of Education from Toms River campus, Donielle Fitch, echoed those sentiments when she spoke to graduates at the Toms River ceremony, “As you step out to meet the world with your mind prepared and your skills fine-tuned, I urge you to set your direction with a positive attitude and a strong spirit.”
“One of the greatest joys for American Institute faculty and staff is seeing each of our students graduate and go on to pursue their new careers with the passion that brought them to us in the beginning. It is our privilege to be a part of that process for each and every one of these graduates,” shared Chief Financial Officer Stephen Schwartz.
February 5, 2016, All Locations – American Institute joined the Go Red for Women event again in 2016, with students, staff, and faculty all sharing their support and wearing red in support of the American Heart Association‘s efforts to increase awareness of the impact of heart disease in women. According to the AHA, heart disease […]
October 2015, Margate, Toms River, and Clifton – This October, American Institute students and staff spent the month fundraising to support the fight against Breast Cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime according to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, and many of the American Institute family have been […]