Fourth Annual Bridge To Care Refugee Health Fair/Linkage to Care set for Oct. 19

Free health screenings, glasses, and flu shots will be provided at the Fourth Annual Bridge To Care Refugee Health Fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, 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.

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 is also aimed to improve cultural awareness among UNMC students, who gain experience in caring for the growing refugee population so they can effectively serve the communities.

Other partners: UNMC Colleges of Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy, Allied Health, and Medicine; UNMC Optic Shop and the Ophthalmology department; Creighton Florence Clinic; OneWorld Community Health Center; Planned Parenthood; Omaha District Dental Society; Creighton Dentistry; Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance; Lutheran Family Services; Southern Sudan Community Association; Omaha Public Schools; Nebraska Regional Poison Center; College of St. Mary; American Red Cross; Omaha Fire Department, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, among others.

For more information, contact Chelsea Souder, at (402) 943-6806, or chelsea.dean@unmc.edu.

To learn more about Bridge To Care, check out: http://unmc.edu/publichealth/Serv_Learn.htm

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Vicky Cerino
UNMC Public Relations
(402) 559-5190