On May 6, Northern Kentucky area residents were invited to “spring into health” during the Florence Campus Health Fair. The event featured professionals from local medical offices and agencies who shared invaluable wellness information and resources, including Hudson Eye Center, Cincysmiles, Back to Health Chiropractic, the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Passport Health Plan, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, and Care Source of Northern Kentucky.
In addition, the health fair gave students from the medical assisting program an opportunity to use their skills to provide health screenings to their community. Medical assisting student Vickie Kellinghaus said that she was grateful for the opportunity to get more experience before beginning her externship this term. “[I’m doing] more blood pressure readings, more finger sticks, and [I’m gaining] more confidence,” she explained.
Fellow medical assisting student Francis Regensburger said that the health fair also helped her to become more comfortable working with the public. “Everything they’ve taught us here they’ve taught us well, but it helps with the social part and speaking to people that you’ve never seen before,” Francis said. She was also able to network with medical professionals during the event to help her identify possible sites for her externship.
A- Certified diabetes educator Julie Shapero (left), from the Northern Kentucky Health Department, demonstrates how losing weight helps control diabetes during the Florence Campus health fair.
B- Medical assisting student Vickie Kellinghaus is shown performing a blood glucose check during the event.
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