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Health Fair honors National College’s Commitment to Serve the Community



Aug 25, 2014

On Monday, August 4th, the Dayton Area Campus hosted a community health fair coordinated by Derrick Parks, director of health care education. Students and guests participated in this exciting event which honored American National University’s commitment to serve the community.  Free health screenings including blood pressure readings, glucose and cholesterol levels and BMI calculations were offered to the attendees.  Cynthia Wade, health information management student, said, “I was grateful for the blood pressure reading because it made me aware of how stressful I have been lately.”

The participants enjoyed a healthy snack of fruits and granola bars while receiving valuable information on alcohol & drug issues, Alzheimer’s awareness, diabetes, cancer, heart diseases & stroke prevention, mental health assessment, holistic wellness and the Medicaid-extended program.  One of the participants was pleased to learn about her eligibility for the Medicaid Extended Program, said program manager Carlo Morrison.  Two other participants vowed to take a holistic approach to living by joining the Newstart Better Living Club according to manager Kenneth Williams.  Hopefully, everyone is now one step closer to living a happier, healthier life!

There were numerous organizations represented at the health fair: The Alzheimer’s Association; American Cancer Society; Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton; Day-Mont Behavioral Health Care; Goodwill Easter Seals; Newstart Better Living Club, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County and Veterans Hospital - Veterans Crisis Prevention.  Another HIM student, Rachel Sweat, gave a personal testimony.  She truly believes in the mission of the Veterans Crisis Prevention as it has helped her to understand a neighbor veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.   “I was able to talk to him and in turn become friends”, said Rachel.

The Dayton Area Campus family gives a special thanks to the community professionals as well as to the medical assisting students who gave their time to serve our community. 

Bill Furray, surgical clinical coordinator takes the blood pressure of surgical technology student Ashley Hicks while medical assisting student Andrea Medley looks on. 

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