WSCC prepares for annual Community Health Fair

April 11, 2017

VICTORY TWP. — West Shore Community College’s graduating nursing students, in partnership with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc., and District Health Department No. 10, will hold the annual Community Health Promotion Fair on Wednesday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Next Generation Learning Center in Manistee.

This event provides nursing students the opportunity to offer information on current health issues to the public.

“Health education is an important role of nurses and the fair will focus on significant health promotion topics of interest to our local community. This is a senior project by our nursing students and provides them the experience of researching health information, creating presentations, and talking to the public about health promotion topics,” WSCC Director of Nursing and Allied Health Ruth Freebury said.

This year’s health topics include free vision and hearing screenings for children five and under provided by District Health Department No. 10 and dental screenings provided by Northwest Michigan Health Services.

Informational booths include blood glucose monitoring, diabetes, bone marrow drive, immunizations, skin cancer awareness, women’s health, memory aids, blood pressure awareness and much more. Visual displays, written handouts, and interactive education will be provided by the nursing students.

In addition to the valuable learning experience for students, the health fair provides an opportunity for community members to get information to help themselves to become or remain healthy, Freebury explained.

“We hope many community members will join us,” Freebury added.

The Next Generation Learning Center is located next to the Little River Casino Resort at the intersection of U.S. 31 and M-22.

For more information about the health fair, contact the nursing department at West Shore Community College, (231) 845-6211.