College of Allied Health Professions

Volunteer Opportunity

The UNMC Student Senate, including the COPH Student Senators have been planning a community health screening fair to be held at the Juan Diego Center in south Omaha on April 16, 2011 from 11 am to 3 pm. They are looking for community-oriented volunteers for two shifts from 11-1 and 1-3. The event is being planned in collaboration with students from the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies, Nutrition, Allied Health, and Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (sorry if I forgot anyone). Their goal is to provide health related education and screening to underserved populations in Omaha. However, the event is open to anyone. They are planning activities for both adults and children. All booths/stations will provide info in both English and Spanish.

Events currently being planned are:

    · Blood glucose screening/diabetes education
    · Foot sensation screening
    · HIV/STD education
    · Pediatric blood lead testing
    · Potential drug interaction screening/ask a pharmacist
    · BMI measurements/healthy weight education
    · Hypertension screening with CVD education
    · Smoking cessation/prevention education
    · Exercise for healthy living activities (i.e. Dancing for exercise, sports safety, Wii exercise)

They need volunteers to help provide education and screening. Public Health students will assist guests through the event and the screening opportunities and work at stations alongside students from other schools. Public Health’s booth, specifically, is the Bload Lead Poisoning station. They could also really use some help with Spanish translation/interpretation. This is a great opportunity to serve your community with your clinical skills/knowledge, build your CV, and make new friends from other colleges at UNMC.

Please e-mail kistas@unmc.edu if you would like to help.