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Health fair educates young women, promotes young leaders in health care

Health fair educates young women, promotes young leaders in health care

The Department of Internal Medicine recently assisted with a health fair for the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders. This was an interprofessional initiative with participation from multiple schools and departments within Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). The goal of the fair was to educate adolescent girls about the importance of regular health exams and how insight from their health exams can help them make better decisions regarding diet and exercise, which can help them live healthier.

The event was an opportunity to not only provide health information and screenings for young women, but also visit with them about health care career opportunities. More than 170 young women attended the event and were able to receive testing and education.

“It was a wonderful success,” said Patricia Hatch, RN, and head nurse at the Department of Internal Medicine. “The health fair gave us an opportunity to promote young women working in the sciences and furthering their education. I am in hopes that this partnership will continue in the future.”

Booths available included blood pressure and glucose screening, eye exams, and diet and exercise education. The School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, the Talkington Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Opthalmology were all involved.

“I was moved when I saw this diverse group of young women who are all working together to make a difference,” said Jeannie Salinas, RN, BSN, and director of the TTUHSC Center for Cardiovascular Health. “The young ladies at the school were very attentive and some had very interesting questions.

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