Students and faculty to hold health fairs at area schools
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Chicago nursing, dietetic and medical students will teach the community about the importance of healthy living at two upcoming health fairs.
âThe health fairs will expose area students and the community to different aspects of health and wellness,â said Sandra Manogura, masterâs student, MNSON. âThe health fairs also may provide us as aspiring health-care professionals with insight into the unique needs of our future patients.â
One fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School at 1852 W. 22nd Place in Chicago. The other will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, at St. Procopius School at 1625 S. Allport St. in Chicago.
âIt is our responsibility as Jesuit health-care providers and educators to offer underserved populations health services, which they might not otherwise receive,â said Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, WHNP, assistant professor, MNSON. âThe health fairs provide us with an outlet to give back to people of all ages who are in need of health education, screenings and access to care.â
Nursing, dietetic and medical students and faculty will be on hand to educate children and the community about their health. This allows Loyola students to serve as role models and work side by side with area young people who may pursue careers in the health profession one day.
âThe health fairs will take place at the beginning of flu season, which is a critical time to educate the public about flu prevention and get them vaccinated,â said Gail Hanson, MSN, RN, instructor, MNSON. âThese fairs will allow us to serve as advocates for the community and extend our health services beyond the walls of the health system.â