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WTAMU Nursing Students to Distribute Flip Flops at Health Fair for the Homeless

April 22, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Nursing Students to Distribute Flip Flops at Health Fair for the Homeless

CANYON, Texas—A group of senior nursing students at West Texas A&M University will be conducting health screenings, providing educational materials and distributing flip flops and hygiene items as hosts of a Health Fair for the Homeless from 8 a.m.-noon. Wednesday, April 24 at the Guyon Saunders Resource Center in Amarillo.

The health fair is a class project for 19 students in a populations I class, taught by Dr. Helen Reyes, head of WTAMU’s Department of Nursing. The students conducted a needs assessment with the Amarillo homeless population and in response organized a flip flop drive. They collected more than 200 pairs of flip flops on campus, and community members joined the effort as well, contributing flip flops and an array of toiletry items ranging from shampoo to socks. The Public Health Department also contributed items for fair.

The event will feature booths offering education, blood pressure checks and blood glucose checks. Toiletry items, first aid kits, water, flip flops and more will be distributed.

For more information about the Health Fair for the Homeless, call the WTAMU Department of Nursing at 806-651-2630.

—WTAMU—


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