Penn State College of Medicine students combine teamwork, community health
Millie Taylor is stir-frying healthier dinners and not spending a fortune on them, thanks to information she learned from Penn State College of Medicine students at monthly health fairs that she doesn't even have to leave home to attend.
“They taught me how to eat healthy on a limited budget and all kinds of other things, too,” the resident of Hershey Plaza Apartments said. “It's a wonderful thing they're doing. A lot of our neighbors here don't get to the doctor or the dentist on a regular basis.”
Over the past three years, the College of Medicine's Interprofessional Student Organization (IPSO) has facilitated 21 health fairs at the senior apartment complex that combine multidisciplinary learning with community health service.
Students from all disciplines – including the physician assistant program, nursing, medical, pharmacy, physical therapy and nutrition – plan and carry out the health fairs around themes such as diabetes and cardiovascular risk, medication safety and bone density evaluations.
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