Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jayhawk Health Initiative

Jayhawk Health Initiative is a new program at the University of Kansas Medical Center which aims to provide medical students and pre-health students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge by engaging in service-based experiential learning.

Currently, student annually travel to the annual Global Brigades/Medical Brigade to Panama. However, outreach to rural Kansas is being added. This summer, several students will travel to rural locations throughout Kansas to set up basic health screening booths at county fairs. There will be a physician to oversee a couple of medical students and 15-20 pre-health students at each booth. The expectation will be to conduct health screenings, such as BMI, blood sugar, blood pressure, as well as provide health information. The students will focus on local community needs and provide health information materials on smoking cessation, skin cancers, and other related topics.

Students will donate their time, while many of the supplies have also been given by interested donors. If you are interested in volunteering or hosting this event in your community, please contact Katie Tempke at ktampke@gamil.com for more information.

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