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Nursing Students Host Second Health Fair for City's Russian Community

(Sacramento, CA. October 18, 2012).  This weekend, nursing students from Samuel Merritt University's Sacramento campus will host for the second time this year a health fair for the Russian and Eastern European populations.  The event scheduled on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 10 am to 4 pm is in collaboration with Midtown Medical Center for Families and Children, a Sacramento region federally qualified community health center. The event will be held at Greenfair Apartments (Tower 2), located on 702 Fairgrounds Drive in Sacramento.

The health fair is similar to the one that was held in February at the Russian Baptist Church in West Sacramento. The venue was changed this fall to provide health care screenings to a larger population, and focus the care to those over the age of 60 years old.  The services provided at the Greenfair health fair will provide health screenings for vision, blood pressure, diabetic foot exam, glucose, and a Body Mass Index (BMI) check. Extensive education related to each of these topics will be distributed to the participants, and licensed health care volunteers present to provide assessments, education, appropriate resources and treatment advice. Participants are required to sign a written consent to receive screening services, but there will be no cost for any participants who attend the health fair. After preforming screening exams, or if a referral to a third party is needed, charges or payments will be from their own personal medical finance.

Samuel Merritt University (SMU) students of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) and the Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) programs will help perform all procedures, overseen by licensed Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) and Registered Nurses (RNs), many of whom are SMU graduates or faculty. There will be other community volunteers present to help with event registration, translating, and directing participants to the correct stations. Each volunteer is obligated to sign a confidentiality form.  In an emergent situation, the participant will be assessed by licensed FNP volunteers for triage to appropriate care and resources. For each screening exam, we will have available resources and educational materials for clients about any recommended follow-up and care.

Along with the health screenings, the American Red Cross will have a booth at the health fair to provide disaster preparedness and first-aid education. In addition, Midtown Medical Center for Families and Children will also be present at the health fair to provide participants with extensive health information and community resources.

WHEN:           Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 10 am to 4 pm
WHERE:         Greenfair Apartments (Tower 2), 702 Fairgrounds Drive, Sacramento
CONTACT:     Terry Deane Dauwalder, SMU Assistant Professor, Sacramento Campus   
                      916.646.2780 or tdeane@samuelmerritt.edu