Vietnamese Health Screening
On October 13, 45 pharmacy students traveled to Lanier High School in north Austin to conduct a health screening for the underserved Asian community. The UT-Asian Pharmacy Students Association (APSA) co-hosted the event with the Austin Vietnamese-American Medical Professionals Society (AVAMPS), a local community organization. This was the second year that APSA had held this event, and it was an amazing success.
This event was very unique in that it was a collaboration between many different healthcare professions. At the fair, UT pharmacy students took blood glucose and cholesterol levels, registered nurses from Seton Hospital System took blood pressure and administered flu vaccinations, dentists provided free dental screenings, and optometrists performed vision screenings. Additionally, we had two physicians that offered breast cancer screening, counseled on patients who were at risk from high blood pressure and cholesterol, and educated people on colon cancer. We were able to screen 236 patients and had an intervention rate of 55%.
Overall, students felt that they had a huge impact on the community through this event. For many first year pharmacy students, this was the first health-screening event in which they had an opportunity to be involved.
Nhi Ho, a first year pharmacy student in the College of Pharmacy said, "I felt a great deal of responsibility and accomplishment in being able to help these people get the treatment and care that they need. Even though this was my first health screening event, it certainly will not be my last."
Elaine Lo, a second year pharmacy student and president of APSA, commented thatAPSA was able to reach out to a community that is often neglected in public health. Members of this community, she said, do not have access to the care that they need. The Vietnamese Health Screening has become a tradition the college and students are looking forward to next year.
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About Project Collaborate
During the 2010-2011 academic year, the first year of the collaborative venture, the student organizations collectively provided 15 health screenings that served almost 1,500 patients. Since then, Project Collaborate has coordinated over 46 events, reaching out to over 4407 patients.