School of Medicine Student Organization Invites Community to Free Health Fair

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine will host a free health fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 at the South Plains Mall, 6002 Slide Road.

Screening services will include blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings, body mass index (BMI) and blood glucose checks. Participants can get free oral cancer screenings. Informational services will include diabetes education, information about the student-run free clinic, safe sex advice and free skin cancer screenings.

The Texas Medical Association will provide Hard Hats for Little Heads. Hard Hats for Little Heads encourages children and adults to wear properly fitting helmets in all wheeled sports. The first 100 participants will receive a free helmet.

This year’s health fair will incorporate interprofessional teamwork among TTUHSC. The School of Pharmacy will provide information on how to properly home medicate and the School of Nursing will provide education on signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

SNMA is the nation's oldest and largest independent, student organization focused on the needs of minority medical students. Kevin Cao, a second-year medical student and SNMA member, said the organization is dedicated to ensuring medical education and services like community outreach events.

“SNMA has always had an active presence in the community and not only in Lubbock but across the country as well, and this health fair is a great way for us to directly impact our local community by providing services free of charge,” Cao said. “Our goal is to encourage and empower people to be healthy so they can take control and live healthier lives.”

For more information, contact Kevin Cao at kevin.h.cao@ttuhsc.edu.

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