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Student Video Winners Donate Prize for Health Access

It wasn't enough for two Bastyr University California students to make a playful, inspiring video about naturopathic medicine creating "a better way" for health care.

They're also making good on their talk. After winning the ND Student Video Contest of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC), Natiya Guin and Adam Silberman are donating $500 of their prize toward naturopathic care for underserved populations in the San Diego area.

"We are helping to create 'a better way' in which all people have access to naturopathic medical care," say the two.

That's a $500 reason you should take a couple minutes and watch their great video, "A Better Way."

Silberman explains the thinking behind the project: "We wanted to embody the spirit of the students and the community here in San Diego. We included as many people as possible and capture the identity of the class. The spirit we all share is about forging a better way for health care."

That led to a video featuring a sizeable portion of the inaugural class and faculty of Bastyr University California, which opened last fall.

"I'm a visionary and I'm here at Bastyr to change medicine," says student Samika Savanur.

"I'm learning how to keep my family healthy in preparation for how to keep yours healthy," says Guin, who also wrote a tender, honest reflection on the inaugural class coming together as a "tribe of healers."

Guin and Silberman are still working out details, but they imagine the money starting a financial assistance fund for low-income patients at Bastyr University Clinic, the campus's health clinic.

"We would love to grow the fund to a level that allows us to serve all San Diegans in need of naturopathic care, regardless of their income," says Silberman.

Check out all the videos from naturopathic medicine students, including Bastyr University students' funny "Bastyr Swagga," which was runner-up in the popular vote.

Posted by Jon Hiskes on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 9:56am

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This blog contains the most recent updates and developments for Bastyr University's San Diego campus, which opened in fall 2012.

The San Diego campus and clinic is located at 4106 Sorrento Valley Boulevard in the center of the city's life sciences cluster and approximately 14 miles north of downtown.

It lies within walking distance of the San Diego Coaster commuter train (which connects to more light-rail lines), and is within a short drive of the University of California-San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital and the VA San Diego Medical Center.