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Exercise Physiology Students Participate in Free Health Screening

September 24, 2012

Saint Francis University along with our community sponsors offers a free Health Screening each year to local residents. On Saturday, September 22, 2012, the fourth SFU Free Health Screening Event was held in the Stokes Auxiliary Gym. The event served 61 clients of all ages and involved more than a hundred students, faculty, staff, and volunteer health professionals.

A new partnership with the Cresson Lions Club led to enhanced vision services by the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped and by alumnus Alicia Lombardo, OD. Drs. Chuck Dombrowski and Peter Korch of the Pennsylvania Dental Association provided dental exams. Lung function tests were performed by Respiratory Therapist Greg Madison, husband of Saint Francis University's Laurie Madison, and Gale DeArmin provided medical American Sign Language interpreting to deaf clients. Our Exercise Physiology students volunteered to set up the gym, to greet and escort the clients, and to shadow practitioners in their areas of expertise. By meeting and serving the underinsured, students had their assumptions challenged about the circumstances and character of Americans lacking health benefits.