ANGIER - Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students did medical screenings recently for more than 30 Angier residents who do not qualify for medical assistance and referred several to local medical facilities because of laboratory abnormalities and serious symptoms.
Kappa Epsilon Fraternity sponsored the health screenings, with the assistance from the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, hosted by Baptist Fellowship of Angier and Amistad Cristiana Church in Angier.
In addition to testing blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, the students provided consultation related to breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, nutrition and other health issues under the direction of Dr. Lori Denning Duke, a 2005 Campbell Pharmacy School graduate. Duke is practicing at Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital and is a member of Baptist Fellowship of Angier.
Also, the students provided bags of fruit to the Angier residents who came, illustrating fruit as a healthy snack.
“Not only was this the largest health fair this group had held, it was also the most diverse,” said Eric Carter, professional service chairman for the class of 2015 and organizer of the event.
George Sanchez, a member of Amistad Cristiana and a student in the Hispanic Theological Education Program at Campbell, provided translation for the people who needed it.
“It was an opportunity to meet people, serve people and share the word of God,” said Sanchez.
Michele Simmons, a third-year pharmacy student from Coats, had participated in several clinics in local communities, but this was the first faith-based initiative for her. Simmons was a high school teacher and a pharmaceuticals sales representative when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a survivor, she said she appreciates the opportunity to share information about breast cancer with an “underserved population.”
During the day, she made one referral because of serious symptoms reported by the individual. Simmons plans to be an oncology pharmacist.
Corey Koonce, a third-year student from Kinston, said helping underserved communities is one of the SNPHA’s initiatives and gives them practice with real patients. He said he chose pharmacy because he wants to be able to help people.
“The health fair was a wonderful opportunity for the churches to show that we care about our neighbors,” says Dr. Duke. “It helps the community and allows people to get engaged in their own health care while providing an opportunity for students to hone in on their skills.”
She reported the students did a good job. They were well prepared, well organized and provided quality care.
Story: Courtesy of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Photo: Campbell students George Sanchez and Eric Carter work at a free health screening held in Angier recently.