Nov. 29, 2012
COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
WTAMU Nursing Students to Host Health Fair for the Homeless
CANYON, Texas—A group of senior nursing students at West Texas A&M University will be conducting health screenings and distributing winter wear and hygiene items as hosts of a Health Fair for the Homeless from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Guyon Saunders Resource Center in Amarillo.
The health fair is a class project for 32 students in a community health class, taught by Dr. Helen Reyes, head of WTAMU’s Department of Nursing. The students have spent the semester planning the event, breaking off into groups to organize everything from booths to distribution needs. They have met with others in the community, including members of Amarillo’s Homeless Coalition, and collected donated items ranging from socks and peanut butter crackers to gloves and chapstick.
“This has been an eye-opening experience for the students,” Reyes said. “We’ve discovered that many of them have been touched by the homeless, whether it be through work or family, and those connections have made them work even harder on this project. They aren’t just doing this for a grade, they are using their education to better help people in our community.”
The group is preparing for 250 people to attend the event. The health fair will offer health screenings and assessments, information about health promotion and the distribution of socks, winter wear, first aid kits, water, hygiene items and informational resources. A clothing drive also will be conducted to provide warm coats and winter clothing for a closet at the resource center.
For more information about the Health Fair for the Homeless, call the WTAMU Department of Nursing at 806-651-2630.