Aug 16, 2016
American National University’s Pikeville Campus hosted the 9th Annual Healthy Fun Fair on campus on Thursday, July 28. As always, the event saw a large crowd from the surrounding community who came to enjoy free health screenings and services, free drinks and hot dogs, and lots of fun for all ages.
Though thunderstorms threatened for much of the day and briefly showered the campus around noon, an estimated 500 to 600 people attended. Once again local first responders, including EMT & paramedic students from the campus’s newest career programs, put on a dramatic demonstration of their skills for the assembled crowd. After a simulated tornado, ANU students—under the watchful eyes of their instructors—utilized the “jaws of life” to remove a vehicle roof, allowing access to “victims” trapped inside. Other ANU students acted as “victims” for the demonstration as a triage area was set up and “injured” participants were treated and prepared for transport.
Not one but two medevac helicopters (Air Evac Lifeteam and Wings Air Rescue) paid a visit, landing next to the campus parking lot. East Kentucky After Hours Clinic, assisted by ANU nursing students, provided free school physicals. Other organizations that provided services, screening, and information included Cooley Medical, Shake Senora Zumba, Pikeville Police Department, Kentucky Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement, University of Kentucky Extension Service, Coal Run Police Department, Wal-Mart/SAM’s Club Vision Center, Carl D. Perkins Job Corps, Judi’s Place, Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center, Pike County Health Department, Pike County Office of the Blind, Scholar House, Highlands Lab, and Pikeville Medical Center.
“Healthy Fun Fair provides a valuable service to both the community and our students,” said Pikeville Campus director Tammy Riley. “Participants are allowed the opportunity to educate themselves about their health needs in a fun, relaxed environment while the students are offered the experience of professional interaction with local healthcare leaders.”
The Pikeville Healthy Fun Fair has evolved to become the university’s signature community event, and each year attracts dozens of volunteers and contributions from the community. Planning has already started for next year’s event on July 27, 2017. See y’all there!
Photo A-ANU EMT & paramedic students operate the “jaws of life.”
Photo B-ANU nursing students conduct a school physical.
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