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Marymount sponsors community health fair

Monday January 23, 2012
Marymount University nursing student Teresa Hadeed tested glucose and cholesterol levels for health fair clients.
Marymount University nursing student Teresa Hadeed tested glucose and cholesterol levels for health fair clients.
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Marymount University's Nurse-Managed Health Center, a partnership between Marymount and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, recently sponsored a community health fair at the church in Arlington, Va. 

Students and faculty from Marymount's Malek School of Health Professions in Arlington staffed stations that offered blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings; education sessions on CPR techniques and general health information, including education on breast cancer, aging resources and domestic violence.

Cindy Osnos, MSN, the Marymount faculty member in charge of the fair, said the event was organized by students in her community health class who volunteer weekly at St. Charles as part of their clinical rotation. 

"Through the fall, we've been determining the stations, signing up volunteers and getting the word out to the community," Megan Olson, a senior nursing student, said in a news release.

The stations addressed general health concerns.

"If a client has an elevated blood pressure or an abnormal glucose or cholesterol level," Osnos said, "he or she is directed to the health information table where the test results are interpreted and referral services are provided, if necessary." While the fair is the major fall project, Marymount's Nurse-Managed Health Center maintains a full schedule of health services to a diverse community throughout the academic year. During the spring semester, Marymount student nurses will provide an immunization audit to ensure St. Charles students are current on their vaccinations.


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