First Annual PMPD Health Fair a Success

By Abigail Daniliuc

It is amazing how a vision can start, grow, morph, and is almost unreal when it becomes a reality. After months of planning and preparing for the Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dentistry Health Fair, it finally took place in the PUC gymnasium on May 21, 2017.

Initially, we started the event with the goal to consolidate the need for shadowing hours and networking opportunities of pre-professional students into one unifying event for everyone interested in health professions. However, at the end of the event it was clear God had another plan, which was to open our hearts and give the college the opportunity to soften the hearts of PUC’s students, as well as change the lives of the patients who came to be seen at the health fair. Our event sought to care for the person as a whole and our mission was reflected in our acts of service, from offering a brand new pair of glasses, educating on the importance of cholesterol management, sharing healthy food demonstrations, and gaining insight on what it means to lead a spiritually healthy life.

Basic medical, dental, and vision exams can cost over $50 at doctors’ office, so this turned out to be very beneficial for community members and students who were seen during the Health Fair. In the future, with more tools and resources, we hope to expand and provide a higher level of care and disease prevention to local communities such as Clearlake. Along with medical and dental providers, we can be equipped to deliver the highest care possible to those in need.

At the fair, both students and professionals spent their time instructing the patients about positive health behaviors, while providing preventive services. They also encouraged patients to receive medical and dental care from their community providers. Yet, while the health fair helped increase access to preventive health services and screenings, little health impact can be achieved without follow-up care. To address this gap, I hope you will be interested in next year’s health fair for another chance to open our doors to serve the community God has placed us in to be His hands and feet. When a vision finally becomes a reality and is able to bless God’s people, He gets to be glorified. I was touched by the positive responses from the aftermath of the health fair and that He was indeed glorified in this event. I am confident He will make a way for more similar community outreach events like the PMPD Health Fair to occur annually.

Special thanks goes out to all our volunteers and sponsors who helped this event take place. I would like to take the time to highlight some of the key contributors. Thank you to Fabio Maia and Holly Jeske for their constant encouragement, resourcefulness, and help with planning the details for the fair. We partnered with the St. Helena Hospital, Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Adventist Medical Evangelism Network, Cal Coast, Napa Solano Dental Society, Take 10, Paws for Healing, and Angwin Village Seventh-day Adventist Church. Also a special thanks to Dr. James Gearing, Dr. Isaac Chin, Dr.  Wayne Ogata, Dr. Renee Tabiolo, Mr. Gilbert Lutes, and Mr. Jose Ponce for their time serving the community and for their donations of materials.

Lastly, I would like to thank the professors who helped spread the word about the fair to their classes. This event could also not have occurred without the help of the team of dedicated student volunteers. They did everything from setting the up the fair to helping the professional volunteers, and being so ready to plug in and assist wherever they were needed.

Come to the PMPD Health Fair This Weekend

By Abigail Daniliuc

The pre-medicine/pre-dentistry (PMPD) Club are teaming up with the Office of Service, Justice, and Missions at PUC and the St. Helena Hospital to put on the 1st Annual Health Fair to offer many free services to students and community members. As leaders in our community and pre-professional students, we hope this event will create an opportunity for students to get firsthand experience in their field of interest while bettering the campus and local community.

What services are provided at the PMPD Health Fair?

We are offering a variety of services, including dental screenings, medical testing, therapy dogs, a smoothie bike, vision screenings, outdoor yoga, massage therapy, healthy food demonstrations, and more. We are so thankful and thrilled to say all services are free!

When is the PMPD Health Fair?

This coming Sunday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will take place at the same time as the Angwin Flea Market and is open to PUC students as well as the surrounding communities of St. Helena, Yountville, and Calistoga.

Why should I volunteer or attend?

Why shouldn’t you volunteer? Think about it—when was the last time you saw your doctor or dentist? As a student myself, I know it is always easy to put off those maintenance appointments which are so essential to our long term health and well-being. How can we take care of others if we don’t make time to take care of ourselves first? Volunteer to help make a positive change in someone’s life and attend the fair to get some of your basic medical, dental, vision exams (and more) done for FREE.

As an incentive, all volunteers will be given free lunch from 12-1 p.m. All PUC students participating in the fair will be given attendance credit for visiting four booths and obtaining stamps from each one. Students who submit their stamp sheets to us at the end of the fair will be eligible to potentially win two $25 Amazon gift cards.

To learn more about this event or sign up to volunteer, please visit puchealthfair.org or check out the event’s Facebook page.