Students enrolled in Population Focused Nursing (NUR 440) are utilizing their accumulating body of healthcare knowledge to deliver wellness education and health screenings to a variety of populations, including under-served groups, in the School’s own backyard of Dade County, Florida. In addition to putting their learning into practice and sending the message that “we are here” to the local community, these health fairs are providing students with an invaluable perspective on public health, which is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities.
On October 23rd, students hosted a health fair in the evening to cater to University of Miami “2nd shift” employees and subcontracted staff who work the later hours. During this activity, held at the Facilities Administration building on the Coral Gables campus, UM staff members had the opportunity to benefit from a variety of free preventive health services, from blood pressure readings to diabetes, cholesterol, and vision screenings.
This event and other community health fairs offered throughout the semester by the students offer general health awareness, education, and live screenings for common conditions that, when left untreated, can lead to serious health problems. They provide a way for the School of Nursing and Health Studies and the local South Florida community to engage in a mutually beneficial relationship, where the School contributes to the health of the local populace and nursing students, in turn have a chance at practical-hands-on application of what they are learning in the classroom to the real world.
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