PA Class of 2016 students volunteer at Share the Health Fair

Over 20 PA students from the Class of 2016 played a role in improving the health of the local community at the 16th annual Share the Health Fair on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Downtown Health Plaza in Winston-Salem. The Share the Health fair is hosted by medical students from Wake Forest School of Medicine and serves over 600 men, women, and children yearly by offering health screenings, education, and physician consults. Patients from all backgrounds are welcome, regardless of health insurance, income, or immigration status.

The primary goals of the health fair are to provide access to yearly check-ups, help people educate themselves about health issues, and catch any minor health problems before they become serious problems or emergencies. Many family and specialist physicians attend the health fair along with medical students, PA students, phlebotomists, technicians, and Spanish interpreters who work alongside the physicians. Families are encouraged to bring their children because the health fair offers health screenings for kids as well as other fun activities.

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PA students at the 2015 Share the Health Fair

Kelly Young, a PA Class of 2016 DEAC representative, volunteered her time in the bone density station. After diagnosing osteopenia in two patients in their 20s, Kelly shared, “I learned that even though research plays a valid role in directing our approach to care, it’s important to listen to the patient’s concerns. Patients know their body better than anyone, and I don’t want to let stereotypes get in the way of making a crucial diagnosis.”

Other PA students were involved in screening patients for hypertension, diabetes, asthma, nutritional disorders, lipid disorders, and sleep apnea. "Volunteering at the Share the Health fair was a rewarding but also inspiring experience,” said Meredith Brown, PA2016 class president for the Winston-Salem cohort. “I loved watching students and other volunteers come together to provide healthcare to those who would not have access to it otherwise.“ [written by Jana Villanueva, Class of 2016]



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