SMU Students Provide Free Health Screening to Himalayan Immigrants

Appeared in: NurseWeek

When Samuel Merritt University Associate Professor Valerie Dzubur, EdD, FNP-C, learned about the challenges that immigrants from Nepal face in the U.S., she thought of the displaced people who had landed in the Bay Area.

With San Francisco designated as a refugee resettlement city and with today's economic recession, "it occurred to me that these families, who may be undocumented, have fallen into the healthcare gap and do not have access to care."

That is why students and faculty from the SMU's Family Nurse Practitioner program and, a Bay Area Nepalese alliance nonprofit group, organized a free health screening day for uninsured Nepalese on April 5 at the Davis Street Family Resource Center in San Leandro, Calif.

Nearly two dozen FNP students from the university screened people from the Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibetan communities for diabetes, hypertension, asthma, sexually transmitted infections, gout, musculoskeletal injuries, and more.

Health referrals, education, and resources also were provided at the event.


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