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Barry University Nurse Practitioner Students to Host Free Community Health & Wellness Fair
(Miami, FL) On Saturday, April 23rd, Barry University graduate nursing students invite the community to the Miami Shores campus for a day of free health screenings, education, and a lot of fun.
From nutrition to exercise, mental health, acupressure, skin care, heart health, foot care, COVID-19 education, and more, the fair is focused on total body health. And, beyond free screenings and essential information, the fair features a bounce house, face painting, and entertainment for the whole family.
A comprehensive community health event, the Health & Wellness Fair is part of the core curriculum of Barry’s graduate Nurse Practitioner program and gives students the opportunity to assess and address community health needs.
Student organizer Stephanie Kolam shares that producing the fair is a highlight of her educational experience at Barry. “At the end of the day, we’re soon-to-be nurse practitioners, and we care deeply about the community and well-being. Good health starts in the community, and we are proud to do our part to promote that.”
Commitments to collaborative service and advancing social justice are pillars of the Barry University Mission, and the health fair is one of the many ways Barry’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences works to realize these commitments.
Barry University students have been coordinating the fair in communities across South Florida for more than a decade and after hosting online last year due to the pandemic, students, faculty and staff are thrilled to be back in-person and inviting the local community to campus.
Dr. Laura Albuja, Assistant Professor of Nursing who works with the student organizers, says the event benefits the community but also the education of compassionate, competent health care providers. “Providing a valuable service and promoting health is aligned with our Barry University Mission,” she notes. “Furthermore, we enjoy working with our students as they learn to reach members of the local community where they host the fair in an effective, professional, and methodological way.”
While the Health & Wellness fair is organized by Barry University graduate Nurse Practitioner students, it involves participation across Barry University health care programs including the School of Podiatric Medicine, the Nurse Anesthesiology program, Counseling, the School of Social Work, the Occupational Therapy program, undergraduate and doctoral Nursing programs, and Exercise Physiology, as well as the Florida Department of Health and top health care providers in the region.
For more information visit barry.edu/healthfair
When: Saturday, April 23, 2022 10am-2pm
Where: Barry University Main Campus
11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33161