May 9, 2017

Cleveland State minority health fair discusses cultural differences

Intimate partner violence, stress and anxiety prevention, and spiritual health highlighted information provided at the minority health fair Thursday, April 20 sponsored by the Multicultural Association of Nursing Students.

The topics touched upon during the event included intimate partner violence, stress and anxiety prevention and spiritual health.

Students also had opportunities to have their blood sugar levels checked as well as their body mass index.

Rebecca Konn, president of the organization, provided more information about what it does.

“Since there are so many different cultures we do our best to accommodate them all and make sure they feel comfortable,” Konn said. “For example, let’s say we get someone who doesn’t believe in blood transfusion. You don’t want to jump straight into giving them a transfusion. We have to be aware of their culture to provide them with the best care.”

She explained the association brings together different cultures so that they can share and learn about them to assist in their healthcare. They also hope to help nursing students by giving them opportunities that promote leadership.

Dr. David Foley, an assistant professor for the School of Nursing discussed the main goals of the health fair.

“It is important talking about health, but we also wanted our students to meet each other,” Foley said. “Forming those social connections and networking can help our students be successful in the program as well as meeting those that could help them further their career.“

The health fair also had displays targeted toward women that discussed breast health and sexually transmitted infections.


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