CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Oct. 13, 1999
UI hosts health fairs for children, adults Oct. 16
-17 at Old Capitol Mall
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The first step in health care for
many children is overcoming their fear of seeing a doctor. With that goal
in mind, University of Iowa College of Medicine students will host a Child
Health Fair from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Old Capitol Mall in
downtown Iowa City. An Adult Health Fair to promote health awareness will
be held the following day from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17 at the mall.
"The Child Health Fair will help kids learn what doctors,
physician assistants and nurses do and why they do it," said Deborah Lindner,
a second-year UI medical student from West Des Moines and one of the event
organizers. "We hope the interactive events will help kids learn not to be
afraid of going to the doctor."
UI medical and physician assistant students will show
kids how stethoscopes, otoscopes and blood pressure cuffs work and help youngsters
find their reflexes, text their hearing and listen to a heart beat. A nutrition
and smoking-prevention booth will provide information and healthy fruit snacks.
Medical students will also explain the importance
of hand washing and, using a special light, show kids how clean their hands
are after washing. Representatives from the Iowa City Police Department will
present bicycle safety tips at 3:30 p.m. Following that presentation, firefighters
and emergency medical technicians will discuss fire safety and emergencies.
The Adult Health Fair on Sunday will offer free blood
pressure screenings. In addition, adults can receive a free wallet-sized medication
card on which to write current medications so the information will be handy
during an emergency or routine doctor's appointment. People can visit information
booths on organ donor awareness, and breast and testicular self-examination.
Using anatomical models, medical students will demonstrate how to detect abnormalities.
The health fairs kick off the college's weeklong Primary
Care Week celebration, which previously included only events for students.
"This is the first year we're involving the community
in our focus on primary care," said Lindner, who is the UI student delegate
to the American Association of Medical Colleges. "It's a
way for us to give back to the community in which we live
and study. We hope to make the health fair weekend an annual event."
UI medical and other health sciences students will
attend educational events on campus Oct. 18 - 22 during the remainder of Primary
In addition to Lindner, second-year UI medical students
Tracy Reittinger of Dyersville and Mark Williams of Seattle, Wash., are helping
organize the week's events. UI Health Care physicians and staff are also assisting
with the celebration.
Primary care includes family medicine, pediatrics,
internal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology.
For more information about Primary Care Week events,
call Lindner at 358-1148 or Reittinger at 341-3406.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.