The UA College of Pharmacy partnered with Tucson Parks and Recreation to host its annual El Rio Neighborhood Center Health Fair on March 4. The health fair had 50 exhibits representing local health care partners and pharmacy students provided preventative health screenings, health risk reduction advice and general health education.
The following numbers reflect the number of people screened at the health fair by students:
- Breathing Assessment - 34
- Medication Review - 1
- Cholesterol - 46
- Diabetes - 57
- Hypertension - 51
- Osteoporosis - 25
Of the 214 people screened, 34 were referred to see a provider for follow up.
The following numbers show the number of people educated:
- Generation Rx - 7
- Operation Heart - 17
- Operation Immunization - 23
- Smoking Cessation - 6
- Poison Center - 30
- OTC Pain Education - 11
Dr. Theodore Tong, associate dean and professor, has helped with the health fair since its inception several years ago. He said the El Rio Health Fair is unique compared to the other UA pharmacy health fairs because it brings together different community partners.
“It’s an opportunity to reach out to the community, engage local health care professionals and provide services to many individuals in the community who wouldn’t otherwise have access to these types of health screenings,” Dr. Tong said.
The free screenings are an introduction to addressing potential health concerns. For many health fair attendees, they are able to find their baseline about a health issue or condition. Afterward, the pharmacist schedules an appointment for the patient if needed. This helps ensure the patient follows up with an appropriate provider.
“We want people to utilize these services while giving our students the opportunity to provide screenings in a community setting,” Dr. Tong said.