Nursing Students, Faculty, and Staff Promote Good Health in Oakland

From back to front: Sonam Choegyel, William Bonner, Regina Williams, Candace Van Denwark, Karolyn Gomes, Kimberly Munkacsy, Meseret Tessema, Martha Verdesoto Mora, Catherine Bautista

From back to front: Sonam Choegyel, William Bonner, Regina Williams, Candace Van Denwark, Karolyn Gomes, Kimberly Munkacsy, Meseret Tessema, Martha Verdesoto Mora, Catherine Bautista

“Live Life The Way You Imagined, Healthy and Employed” was the theme for this year’s 5th Annual Job and Health Fair hosted by the E. C. Reems Community Services and Healthy Communities. E.C. Reems is a socially conscious organization, dedicated to educating and empowering communities, regarding health disparities and supportive employment. This is the second year that Holy Names University (HNU) has supported the health fair.

The event focused on helping individuals in the most vulnerable sectors of the community to increase awareness and education regarding employment and health. HNU was well-represented with eight community health students: Regina Williams, Catherine Bautista, Martha Verdesoto Mora, Kimberly Munkacsy , Sonam Choegyel, Candace Van Denwark , Meseret Tessema, and William Bonner. Also in attendance were staff members, Wacheera Davis RN BSN, MSN, MBA, director of nursing student experience, Grace Hill, operations coordinator and lead organizer for the fair, Celeste Rivera, operations specialist, Anne Hickey, Broadcasting studio technician, andKarolyn Gomes RN MSN, Community Health Instructor.

In the literature provided for the event, E.C. Reems emphasized that “leading a healthy lifestyle plays a critical role in many individual lives … for certain individuals, risk factors and rates of disease are higher than others. Many times awareness and health education may be lacking in certain sectors of the community.” The 1,200 visitors who came to the HNU table received blood pressure checks, glucose level evaluations, cholesterol screenings, and individualized information on diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. In addition, HNU’s nursing student performed demonstrations on how to complete a self-breast examination. E.C. Reems also had support from local organizations such as Healthy Communities, United Way, Friends of Faith Fancher Inc., Safeway Foundation, State Farm, UPS, Alameda County Social Services, and BART.

Director of Nursing Student Experience Wacheera Davis points out, “Providing service is what nurses do. Partnering with E.C. Reems Community Services at their job and health fair was definitely a priority for the Department of Nursing.”

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