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The College of Health Solutions and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation join forces every spring for a day of outreach as our students, faculty and staff offer our time and talents to a variety of local nonprofit organizations that provide services to the underserved in the downtown Phoenix area. “A Day of Social Outreach” provides us with an opportunity to roll up our sleeves and assist those in need. In reaching out, we are aligning with the university’s mission to fully understand the needs of our community, invest in a healthy community through our commitment to mutually-beneficial partnerships, and make a difference in the lives of others.
Community Engagement for Health (CEH) facilitates health fairs once a semester at various Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix (BGCMP) branches near the Downtown Phoenix Campus. The goals of the partnership include enhancing student learning experiences, improving overall health of the community, and generating interest in healthcare careers. Each semester, students enrolled in the Nursing Practice: Community/Public Health (NUR 420) course prepare and present an educational poster at the health fair hosted by a BGCMP branch. 3rd-12th graders learn about general hygiene, nutrition, exercise, sleep, tobacco prevention and how to handle peer pressure. Having fun and making connections is an added benefit. Approximately 300 children have attended since its conception in 2015.
Community Engagement for Health (CEH) is utilizing the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools Training Kit™ to enable students to learn Hands-Only CPR. Initiating CPR immediately can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. Under a trainer’s guidance students practice on a mini-manikin while watching skills performed correctly on the DVD, a research-proven way to learn and retain lifesaving CPR skills. Legislation recently signed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey adds CPR training to the required curriculum for high school students, effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Are you interested in planning a CPR training session in your school or organization? Contact: CEH at CE4H@asu.edu or 602-496-7431.
CityServe Arizona’s HopeFest brings a community together to meet the immediate needs of our uninsured, underinsured and underserved neighbors, and then connects them to the resources they need. Agencies and individuals come to HopeFest, hosted at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, to receive free medical, dental and vision care; food, haircuts, clothing, personal care items and more. Faculty and staff from the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the College of Health Solutions joined together before the event to help set up medical exam screening stations, pediatric areas, resource areas, clinic follow up areas, tables and chairs, and assist the HopeFest event director inside and outside the ballpark where needed.