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Payton Mangham photo

    Payton D. Mangham
    LSUHS Medical Student

Hello, my name is Payton Mangham, and I am a third-year medical student at LSU Health Shreveport. Starting my third year of medical school, I thought I wanted to do Emergency Medicine; however, those plans changed. When I started my Psychiatry rotation, I fell in love with it. I especially enjoyed working in an inpatient psychiatry setting as well as the psychiatry emergency department. Yet, I felt like there was something missing.

During our Family Medicine rotation, we counseled patients on eating healthy and vaccinations, as prevention is the best medicine. However, during our psychiatry rotation there was not as much of an emphasis on prevention. This is where the Science of Resilience Team appealed to me. This community education effort allows us to make an impact in the lives of the children in our community and to prevent not only addiction and other psychiatric illnesses, but also creates an opportunity to improve their overall health by reducing risk of heart disease and other medical conditions.

The Science of Resilience Team is something that is very important to me, as like most people, I have several adverse childhood events (ACEs). Yet, I was fortunate enough to have a strong support system growing up to help me overcome these events and to teach me how to build resilience. This opportunity is something that every child should have regardless of background.

Being able to give back to the community is something that is very important and rewarding to me. I hope that by raising awareness about the Science of Resilience Team, more people will be interested in joining and improving our community, and as a group we can assist those in need to overcome their adverse events through Coping, Connections, and Capabilities.

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