|Taking blood pressure at the Pathways Shelter|
These Community Health Service Days were a culminating clinical activity for students in Community and Public Health Nursing, a service learning course taken by all students in the BSN program. Faculty and students from the school's Department of Community Health, Outcomes and Systems used these two days as an opportunity to give back to those in need during the holiday season - not only to make the season a little brighter, but also to positively impact their health beyond this time of giving.
|Care packages given by students|
The faculty and students have worked across Birmingham this week at seven sites that serve many of the area’s vulnerable population including Three Hots and a Cot, homes for veterans who were homeless or living on the streets, and Pathway and First Light Shelters for women and children. Services were also provided at the Church of the Reconciler near UAB, Urban Ministry in West End, Grace Episcopal in Woodlawn and Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in north Birmingham, all of which provide day programs for homeless and other very needy populations.
|Students also gave flu shots at Pathways|
In addition to the items provided by the UAB School of Nursing for this event, a number of community and corporate partners also assisted. These include the UAB School of Dentistry, Birmingham Health Care, BD Medical Supplies, Walgreens, Jefferson County Health Department and Alabama Department of Public Health.
|Nursing students and Dr. Jennan Phillips|
“For some, it is the only health care they receive,” Phillips said.