On Saturday, June 16, 2012 Pacific’s Rho Pi Phi collaborated with Dr. Rajul Patel ’01, ’06 in partnership with Bread of Life to host the inaugural Living Hope Health Fair. With the help of 60 student pharmacists, 15 preceptors, and a number of community organizations and volunteers, the event attracted over 200 attendees. The Living Hope Health Fair marked the very first ever health fair organized and hosted by Rho Pi Phi.
Every third Saturday of the month, Bread of Life gives away free groceries to the local community and the students saw this as a great opportunity to offer their services.
“Rho Pi Phi has always been passionate about community service not only within Stockton but internationally as well. There are not many health fairs that specifically target the homeless and low-income families who are without health insurance. We thought it would be great opportunity to serve this group of people by offering free resources, free health education, and free screenings,” said Michelle Moon ’13.
Health services included blood pressure screening, blood glucose screening, memory decline screening, bone density screening, medication management therapy, and much more.
The name Living Hope Health Fair was created as a symbolism “for hope that is beyond just the providence of the physical well-being and to help encourage and strengthen attendees’ living hope to persevere through these struggling times”.
Organizing health fairs not only gives students more experience with event planning but also serves to hone their skills in patient care. “Health fairs such as this one allow students to successfully communicate health education to the public and apply the knowledge we have learned in the classroom,” commented Moon.
By Dua Her '09