A health education program for underserved community youth led by health professions students

Kimberley J. Begley, Ann Ryan Haddad, Carla Christensend, Elaine Lust

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Objectives. To develop and implement a health fair and educational sessions for elementary school children led by health professions students. Design. The structure and process were developed with elementary school administration to determine the health topics to be covered. Students and faculty members created a "hands-on," youth-oriented health fair and interactive health educational sessions. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected on learning outcomes from the underserved child population and health professions students. Assessment. The health fair and educational sessions increased awareness of underserved youth in the areas of critical health behaviors, purposeful education on health issues facing their community, and exposure to careers in various health professions. The activities provided meaningful learning experiences for the health professions students. Conclusion. The health education program model is an excellent way to teach health education, communication and critical thinking skills, and service learning to health professions students.

Original languageEnglish
Article number98
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Volume73
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009

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Health Occupations
Health Education
health promotion
Health Fairs
profession
Students
health
community
Learning
student
Health Communication
Health Behavior
Health
Vulnerable Populations
elementary school
learning
school administration
health behavior
schoolchild
career

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  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Education

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A health education program for underserved community youth led by health professions students. / Begley, Kimberley J.; Haddad, Ann Ryan; Christensend, Carla; Lust, Elaine.

In: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol. 73, No. 6, 98, 2009.

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