Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Donnelly to host first annual pediatric health fair

Donnelly College’s Practical Nursing program is organizing a “Spring into Health” Pediatric Fair taking place Saturday April 14, 2012 from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

The event is free, and families across the Kansas City area with children between the ages of one to 18 are welcome to attend.

There will be more than 20 health and safety related stations that will include child health assessments and screenings for vision, hearing and blood pressure. Car seat inspections will take place.

The Wyandotte Health Department will present information relevant to older youth, such as diet, drug prevention, stress and coping mechanisms.

Donnelly is partnering with KU Medical Center who will provide several physicians to the Fair. The “Ask-a-Doctor” will booth will address any and all questions regarding pediatric care.

Children will also find various entertainments, including a moonwalk, face-painting, music, exercise and coloring stations.

The Donnelly students organizing this event are at the end of their Practical Nursing academic program and will graduate in June.

According to Maureen Wiederholt, Director of Health Occupations for DC, “This Fair was born out of a service learning project in the Mother and Baby Child Development Class, and the students have done an amazing job with it. It’s clear that there’s a tremendous need in the community, and Donnelly’s PN students look forward to offering this program annually each spring.”

The event will be held in the Donnelly College parking lot. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place indoors in the Donnelly College Meeting Room.