When the National Western Stock Show comes to town, the CU College of Nursing and other programs through the Anschutz Medical Campus mobilize volunteer teams of students and faculty to provide health screenings for Stock Show attendees.
The service is coordinated through the Colorado Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program that sponsors inter-professional student training in which free health screenings are offered. The free health screenings include checking glucose levels, cholesterol, BMI, and blood pressure.
On hand this year to participate in the service, College of Nursing Dean Patricia Moritz, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, “This is a great AHEC community event and opportunity for our students and faculty to ‘give back.’”
Moritz pointed out that the logistics of students getting linked to clients for the screening opportunity was coordinated by a student who helped to recruit potential screening participants.
“For some of our students this was a repeat stock show volunteering event,” said Moritz. It’s also a repeat event for attendees. “A couple participants from last year reported back. One got rescreened and the other said he was in better shape as a result of the information he got during last year’s screening.”
“It is an outstanding learning experience for our students – nursing, medical, dental, physical therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant, and other students working side-by-side in an inter-professional community environment,” said College of Nursing Associate Dean and Professor Kathy Magilvy. She has been part of the volunteer effort for the past several years. “The ranchers, exhibitors, and visitors to the Stock Show appreciate the health screenings provided by the students, and we all have an opportunity to talk with people not only about health promotion but also health careers. I look forward to this event every year, and it is a valuable out-of-the-classroom learning opportunity.”
(Photo: Left to right: Student Nicole Gonzales, Associate Dean Kathy Magilvy, students Masako Terada and M.J. Gani)