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Nursing Students Host Health Fair For The City's Russian Community

Samuel Merritt University

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NURSING STUDENTS HOST HEALTH FAIR FOR THE CITY'S RUSSIAN COMMUNITY

(Sacramento, Ca - February 19, 2012) Nursing students from the Samuel Merritt University (SMU) Sacramento Learning Center will host a community health fair on Sunday, February 19. The event will be held at the Russian Baptist Church located in West Sacramento. It will be held in cooperation with local primary clinic, Midtown Medical Center for Children & Families (MMC), and the Russian Baptist Church.

Nearly two dozen SMU nursing students from the Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing program have been involved in planning the event. Its purpose is to heighten awareness of common health problems among community members, particularly among the City's Russian population. An important part of the student's role as nurses is public education.

"The health fair targets area residents however, there are no boundaries when it comes to attendees.  In past years, our nursing students have helped the young and old, poor and wealthy, as well as the insured and uninsured.  The health fair is a great way for local organizations and our students to connect with the community in which we live and serve," said Elizabeth Valente, Samuel Merritt University spokesperson.

The free health fair will focus on topics that are of usual concern to community health nurses - hypertension, diabetes, stroke, healthy eating, adult immunizations, smoking cessation and community acquired bacterial infections.

"The event will assist in the increase access to primary care services and this is a learning experience for the nursing students in what's involved in putting on a community health fair, and getting the experience of talking to the public and answering their questions," says Valente. "Our Samuel Merritt University students are seeing first-hand the importance of serving the community."

There are an estimated 150,000 Russian immigrants in the Sacramento region, with 52 Russian-language based churches. MMC is one of the first Federally Qualified Health Centers in the United States that is dedicated to serving the needs of the Eastern European immigrant community.

WHEN: Sunday, February 19 from 12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Russian Baptist Church located at 1000 Sac. Ave. in West Sacramento
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Valente, Media Relations Director, 510.725.7980

Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit www.samuelmerritt.edu.