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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.