Students and Faculty Collaborate to Improve Community Health
MAYWOOD, Ill. – Hundreds of people attended a health fair and flu shot clinic at Cristo Rey High School in Chicago earlier this month. The event was hosted by Loyola University Chicago nursing, dietetics, exercise science, medical and health systems management students.
The theme was green health, which focused on healthy eating through farmer’s markets and local community gardens. Other topics included exercise, air quality, medication disposal, water quality, allergens and lead in the home.
“This was a tremendous interdisciplinary effort led by the School of Nursing to improve the health of the community,” said Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, WHNP, assistant professor, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.
Approximately 100 people received free flu shots for the upcoming flu season. Attendees also received blood pressure and body-mass index screenings.
“The health fair offered an outlet for underserved populations to obtain valuable resources, which they might not otherwise receive,” Dr. Tenfelde said. “This event also provided our students with a great opportunity to collaborate with the community to begin to understand the unique needs of their future patients.”