El Rio Health Fair serves community

Approximately 500 people turned out for the El Rio Health Fair held at the El Rio Neighborhood Center in Tucson Feb. 6. More than 220 free screenings were conducted.

The UA College of Pharmacy and Tucson Parks and Recreation jointly hosted the annual health fair. Forty-eight pharmacy students and 31 prepharmacy students staffed the screening stations and information booths, joining 45 vendors from other service and health organizations and UA colleges in providing a wealth of useful information. Six volunteer pharmacist preceptors, including two from the Indian Health Service in Sells, oversaw the work of the student pharmacists.

“The El Rio Health Fair helped bring the Tucson community together for a day filled with free health screenings and information booths,” says Angela Kaitschuck, Class of 2018 and a planning committee member.

“One community member came up to me and stated that she waited over three months to see her doctor to get the same tests done, and at a high cost to her. The health fair gave her an opportunity to be proactive and ultimately take control of her own health through the student-led services and resources available at this fair. For me it was a gratifying experience to provide the Tucson community with the patient care it deserves.”

Health fair planner Katie McManus, Class of 2018, agrees: “Overall, this year’s fair was a great success promoting health and wellness to the Tucson community!”

Photo credit: Kimberly Sassenrath

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