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ULM medical students promote good health at community health fair



MONROE, La. – University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy and College of Health Sciences put on a community health fair at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. on Saturday, March 27.

ULM medical students worked together to help people spring into health. The annual community health fair offered free health screenings and health education.

“We have our students working together as interprofessional teams so they can learn from each other and provide these screenings for our community,” Assistant Professor Ashley Barbo said.

Health screenings for blood sugar, blood pressure bone density, balance and more were at the event.

This gave students the opportunity to put what they learn into practice after being hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You learn a lot in school. It’s hard to make it come to life without actually doing it. Being here, interacting with people, hearing their questions and giving them responses has been super informative not only for us but for them as well. It’s been awesome,” pharmacy student Lauren LaForge said.

Students educated others on ways to manage their health, take action now and prevent potential issues.

“A lot of what we’ve done has been in the classroom and so at that point, it’s just theory. To make it real and be able to have a conversation with a patient makes it feel worth it,” pharmacy student Taylor Foret said.