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CHCC intern is a UCLA graduate

HER love for the island and her concern for the people’s health were Abigail Dimaano’s motivations when she signed up as an intern at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

UCLA graduate Abigail Dimaano spent over 900 hours as an intern at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Dimaano is leaving for Los Angeles this week to pursue her education in healthcare.Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“I knew I always wanted to come back here because this is where I grew up. I knew that eventually I wanted to work here and specifically wanted to work in healthcare,” she said in an interview.

Dimaano, 22, received her bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Los Angles in 2017.

“After school, I came here. I started my internship at CHCC in Sept. 2017,” Dimaano said, adding that she performed over 900 hours of volunteer work for the hypertension project led by CHCC’s Corporate Quality and Performance Management unit.

“I spent half of my time in the office —  reviewing, summarizing and presenting the data to our team. The other half of the time was spent in the community, conducting blood-pressure screening,” she said. Her team would go to grocery stores like Joeten or Twins where they would set up a table and offer free blood-pressure checks.

She said her internship at CHCC provided her with valuable experience. “We served as the first line of healthcare, and we told people where to get help while we educated them about  blood pressure.”

She added, “It is interesting to be in school and learn about these things in books. But it is even more interesting to get hands-on experience. It is valuable to be out in the field, in the community.”

Dimaano said her internship at CHCC confirmed her desire  to pursue either medicine or a physician-assistance program in the future.

 “I like working here, and I like medicine,” she added.

During her internship, Dimaano noticed that whenever blood-pressure and blood-sugar screening were conducted, “we would tell them their blood pressure or blood-sugar levels, but there was no coordination with healthcare providers like doctors.”

She said there is a “gap between seeing people in the community and connecting them to a doctor which is the ultimate goal — to get unhealthy people to be seen by doctors and receive regular care so they can treat their health problems. That is one of the problems we addressed in our [hypertension] project.”

Dimaano is leaving for Los Angeles this week to pursue her education in healthcare.