Thursday, October 25, 2012

Loyola University Chicago Students Hold Health Fair at Area School

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.”

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 91 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.