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Students participate in Hispanic Family Health Fair

October 12, 2011

WAUKESHA, WIS.—Several academic programs at Carroll University will be represented at the Hispanic Family Health Fair from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd., Waukesha. Students from the nursing, physician assistant studies, physical therapy and Spanish programs will provide services at their health assessment booth, which also will feature brochures in Spanish and English, displays and admission information about these programs.

"This is an excellent example of interdisciplinary service learning, which fits into the big picture of our health care system," said Jane Hopp, dean of Carroll's College of Natural Science, Health Science and Business.

Spanish-speaking students will serve as interpreters, and provided translations for some of the printed materials. They also will be greeters and survey takers, and will assist with children’s activities, including face painting, coloring, games, and arts and crafts.

Student nurses will supply information on breast health and will have breast models on display: realistic models in various sizes with lumps and nodes, and pillow-like models from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation that have directions for self-exams.

Physical therapy students will provide handouts related to the benefits of exercise and risk factors for high cholesterol and high blood pressure. They also will conduct assessments for blood pressure, posture screening, percentage of body fat and balance screening.

Students in the physician assistant program will record medical histories on wallet-size information cards supplied by ProHealth Care. Ann LeBaron, clinical assistant professor, said "These are a great resource for the medical professionals in the participant's life, and good for participants to have in case of emergency, especially when a translator is not readily available."

Elena De Costa, associate professor of Spanish, is a founding member of the Waukesha Hispanic Collaborative Network, which organized this event. She has attended the health fair with her students for the past 13 years, and this year initiated participation by Carroll's health sciences programs.

For more information about the health fair, call the Hispanic Community Health Resource Center at 262.928.4181.



Contact: Jess Owens 262-951-3104

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