UVa Medical Students Host Health Fair at Westhaven

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

Feb. 25, 2014

Fourth-year medical students at the University of Virginia joined the Westhaven Clinic and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging to host a free health fair in Charlottesville on Tuesday.

Some of the services included blood pressure screenings, height and weight checks and tests for glaucoma, Hepatitis C and HIV. The focus was on many diseases or conditions that are prevalent in African-Americans.

The clinic provides access to services that people may not have see regularly.

"Historically in Charlottesville, we've had a really hard time getting the underprivilged or underserved tied into the hospital system, even though we have really great hospitals here," said Monica Millbrooks-Scott, a registered nurse at the Westhaven Nursing Clinic. "So this is also to help them get tied into the medical system."

The goal is to get people proactive in living healthy lives.

“We want to help spread education that can allow communities in Charlottesville, in the state of Virginia, across the country, we want to spread education to allow communities to take a hold of their own health and take initiative,” said Chad Lane, a fourth-year medical student.

More than 15 UVa medical students volunteered at the event. They hope to make this an annual clinic.

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