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Health fair

Health Fair Service Learning Project

USI students enrolled in Health Services courses in the College of Nursing and Health Professions are collaborating for the second annual health fair at the Academy of Innovative Studies (AIS), First Avenue Campus, in Evansville on Friday, April 7, 2017 – offering not only resources for health and wellness but a glimpse into college life and health careers.

The USI courses involved are:

  • HP475 - Professionalism in Health Care, taught by Dr. Ethel Elkins
  • HP378 - Community Health Education Methods, taught by Dr. Erin Reynolds
  • HP306 - Evaluation and Application: Worksite Wellness and Health Promotion, taught by Dr. Phoneshia Wells
  • MHA 642 - Health Informatics, a Master of Health Administration (MHA) course taught by Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson
  • PH 485 – Epidemiology, taught by Dr. Erin Reynolds
  • PH 284 – Public Health, taught by Dr. Swateja Nimkar

Taking -blood -pressuresTo plan the service learning project, the USI students and their instructors have been working with Kerseclia Patterson of Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC) and Bettye Poole, Family Engagement/Student Support Coordinator at AIS.

“Each class had to figure out how to integrate the fair into the course,” said Dr. Erin Reynolds, assistant professor of Health Services/Administration. “Dr. Mustata Wilson and I are partnering our informatics and epidemiology classes for the fair. My students will develop the tool (a stress survey) and then work with Dr. Mustata Wilson’s graduate students to collect data on stress using iPads, then do a VR experience to see if they can reduce stress through that experience.”

For the second year in a row, the HP378 students are the fair organizers again. They decided who would be ideal vendors for the fair, divided up the potential vendors and then contacted each vendor to see if they were interested. “It’s been quite the learning experience for them to get a hold of different organizations and get verbal agreement to participate,” said Dr. Reynolds. “They also designed the flyer for the event and will plan the layout of tables for the vendors.”

The Health Services faculty was awarded a $3,000 Major as a Home grant to purchase supplies for the fair. The first 400 attendees will get a bag with a stress ball and color changing cup.


Students from the other USI courses will be involved as exhibitors, offering various services such as blood pressure checks, nutrition advice and stress reduction.

Academy for Innovative Studies, First Avenue Campus, is open to students in grades 9 - 12 and offers a non-traditional learning environment geared to ensure students reach their maximum potential. With smaller class sizes, each student has the opportunity for more one-on-one attention, career path and job skills training … and thanks to the USI students, they have now received tips for healthy living.

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