Fourth Annual Refugee Health Fair set for Oct. 19

by Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations | October 15, 2013

Image with caption: A young girl looks over pairs of glasses at the health fair held as part of World Refugee Day this summer. The fourth annual Refugee Health Fair will be held this Saturday. (Photo by Jim Colburn)

A young girl looks over pairs of glasses at the health fair held as part of World Refugee Day this summer. The fourth annual Refugee Health Fair will be held this Saturday. (Photo by Jim Colburn)

Free health screenings, glasses and flu shots will be provided at the Fourth Annual Bridge To Care Refugee Health Fair, being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at Monroe Middle School, 5105 Bedford Ave., Omaha.

The event, which is open to refugees living in the Omaha area, is organized by the Bridge to Care Refugee Program, an interprofessional student-run/community-engaged organization coordinated by the Service Learning Academy in the UNMC College of Public Health.

For a photo gallery from a previous Health Fair, click here.

The health fair will feature screenings and education to include:

  • Blood glucose.
  • Blood pressure.
  • Vision.
  • Nutrition education.
  • Sexual health, including HIV/AIDS.
  • Vaccinations and immunizations.
  • Lead, bed bugs and lice.
  • Dental hygiene.
  • Developmental milestones for youth.
  • Over-the-counter drug display.
  • Maternal and child health.
  • Linkage to care (Alegent-Creighton Florence clinic).
  • Medicaid services.
  • Breast cancer awareness.
  • Kid's Corner activities and health education.

    For the past three years, more than 450 UNMC students have engaged with more than 2,500 refugees from eight different countries through the program. The initiative brings together students and community leaders, health care providers and community organizations to assess needs, aid in understanding the health care system and provide services.

    The project also improves cultural awareness among UNMC students, who gain experience in caring for the growing refugee population so they can effectively serve the communities.

    For more information, contact Chelsea Souder at (402) 943-6806.

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