Northern Kentucky University’s Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved (NACU) joined Madison Avenue Christian Church (MACC) to hold a community health fair on Monday, June 26, 2017.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the Covington Fire Department and the Northern Kentucky Health Department also partnered on the free event open to all northern Kentucky residents.
“The mission of NACU is to reduce health disparity by improving health for the most vulnerable population,” said Dr. Teresa Huber, NKU Nurse Faculty Member. “We are so grateful to the wonderful organizations we are partnering with to provide important health services at the upcoming health fair.”
NKU’s NACU nurses checked blood pressure and sugar levels as well as provided weight, diet and diabetes counseling. Participants also learned fire safety from the Covington Fire Department and received dental screenings during the event. The Northern Kentucky Health Department gave Tdap immunizations, and the St. Elizabeth Mobile Mammography Unit provided digital mammography screenings at no cost.
“With the help of so many great community partners, we are pleased to open our doors to those in need and to those lacking proper health care services,” said MACC Senior Minister Chinna Simon. “We are blessed to have the support of the NKU Nurse Advocacy Center and so many others who want to help make a difference in people’s lives.”
Participants were urged to bring their medial cards, and the first 100 adults received a personal hygiene gift back. A cookout and programs for kids were provided throughout the health fair by MACC volunteers.
NKU’s NACU places baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses and students where the underserved reside, work, or congregate. NACU has a proven record of reducing health disparities by improving the health of vulnerable populations, collaborating with community partners to identify needs, and providing service learning opportunities for students while addressing the challenges of health care to the underserved community. For more information, visit the NACU website.