A health fair to honor National Wear Red Day
In honor of National Wear Red Day (2/1/2013), Dr. Paula Cannistraci '05, Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) preceptor, with help from Casey Ardrey '15 and Melika Amini '15 hosted a free blood pressure screening and education fair for patrons at the Community I IPPE site, Walgreens at Mchenry and Roseburg Ave in Modesto, CA
The event screened nearly twenty individuals and provided information on the health risks of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, that is one in four deaths each year. "Blood pressure has symptoms that can sneak up on you, that's why it is known as a silent disease. By teaching women what their blood pressure number means, heart disease in women can be prevented and treated," says Amini.
Health fairs, no matter how big or small, are valuable to the community and students. "Small outreach events allow students to engage directly with patients," commented Ardrey.
"I love hosting IPPE students in my pharmacy. Having students in my pharmacy allows me to do mini community events like "Go Red For Women" blood pressure screening day. It also allows us to showcase some of our community pharmacist clinical skills and provide education about medication adherence," said Dr. Cannistraci.