Written by Christian Monieno, RN*
Original title Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health Plan NBS Advocacy for 2012
Originally published in the Newborn Screening Newsletter
Official Publication of the Newborn Screening Reference Center
Vol. 15 Issue No. 4. October - December 2011
Twenty-eight youth leaders from Northern and Central Luzon proved their commitment towards a healthy nation as the Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH), together with the Newborn Screening Center-Central Luzon, held its first North Luzon Chapter Meeting on November 19, 2011 at Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City.
The event welcomed the new members and planned for the organization’s activities for 2012. To get all members off to a good start, a getting-to-know activity was included as part of the meeting. An introduction and overview of the organization was also provided by Daniel Canlobo, VYLH Vice-President for Luzon. Some Pioneer and K4 members were also present to facilitate the activity.
Representatives from Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR presented their efforts and activities to promote Newborn Screening, Folic Acid Supplementation, and support to rare diseases. The members per region then brainstormed on their plan of activities for 2012.
*Christian Monieno, RN is the Birth Defects Surveillance (BDS) Project nurse for Northern Luzon. He is currently based at the Newborn Screening Center - Central Luzon, Angeles University Foundation Medical Center in Pampanga. He is also the North Luzon Cluster Secretariat of VYLH-Philippines.