Students from The Interprofessional Aging and Palliative Care Elective and the related Student Interest Group, both led by Josette Rivera, MD, Assistant Professor in the Geriatrics Division, held their first Senior Health Fair at The Redwoods (http://www.theredwoods.org/) in Mill Valley on Saturday November 3rd. Nearly 100 enthusiastic residents of The Redwoods showed up to have students and faculty provide check-ups, including blood pressure, blood glucose, mobility, and oral health assessments. Pedometers were also distributed and set up for members of this vibrant and active community of older adults. The response from the residents was extremely positive, including comments that the health fair was “wonderful,” “fantastic” and “a great job!”
Student feedback was equally positive. A dental student commented, “Working with and together alongside other students and faculty was great. I especially appreciated the residents and their stories, experiences, gratitude and authentic communication.” A medical student noted that the best part was “learning from dentists, nurses and pharmacists! We never get that opportunity to precept with them and it is extremely informative.”
Sincere thanks to Henry Schein Cares Foundation for their generous donation of health care products and supplies for the fair, and to Bonnie Lederman, DDS, Geriatric Dental Fellow in the Division of Geriatrics, for her work in securing this donation. For more information about the Henry Schein, Inc.’s Global Product Donation program, visit:http://www.hscaresfoundation.org/globalproductDonation.asp. In addition to Dr. Rivera, UCSF faculty for the course and interest group include Susan Hyde, DDS, MPH, PhD, Kirby Lee, PharmD, and Lynda Mackin, PhD, ANP-BC, CNS. Special thanks to Cary Sweeney, MS, NorCal GEC Program Manager, for her outstanding help organizing and coordinating the event.