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Drake Students Plan Health Fair for Des Moines Community

Students in Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are planning a student-organized health fair on Saturday, Feb. 19, to increase health awareness and access for needy populations in Des Moines.

“This event is a great way for the organizations involved to collaborate with each other, as well as the community,” said Dani Markus, a third-year pharmacy student and president of the American Pharmacist Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists. “We hope to educate the public about important health issues and how student pharmacists can play a role in helping patients. Providing these screenings will help keep the public informed.”

The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Southridge Mall, 1111 E. Army Post Rd. in Des Moines, will feature students from multiple Drake professional and academic organizations.

Students, under pharmacist supervision by Drake pharmacy faculty and local pharmacists, will offer free information and screening services, including:

*    Diabetes, blood glucose testing

*    Heartburn screening

*    Full cholesterol testing

*    Blood pressure testing

*    Bone density testing

*    Medication review table

Local Des Moines pharmacies donated the medical supplies needed for the screenings.

Free information will be available on general medication awareness, health care education, reform and drug abuse prevention and immunizations, among other topics. Information will be available for bi-lingual speakers as well as lists of other local free clinics.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Megan Friedrich, megan.friedrich@drake.edu.