Texas A&M Highlights Community Health, Research
Currie, Donya, The Nation's Health
National public Health Week events hosted by the Texas A&M Science Center School of Rural Public Health at both Bryan-College Station and McAllen, Texas, included free cancer screenings, a fun run-walk, blood drive, research poster symposium and a pediatric health seminar.
The week started with the mayors of Bryan and College Station signing a proclamation designating public health week in the Brazos Valley followed by a free community health festival at Neal Recreation Center in Bryan. At the fair, community health workers, or promotores, provided private health risk assessments for colon cancer. The festival was funded by a grant awarded to the School of Rural Public Health and College of Medicine by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The goal of the grant, the largest bestowed by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute to a single entity, is to screen and educate low-income patients at risk for colon cancer in the Brazos Valley while training family medicine residents in colorectal cancer screening procedures. Other free services at the health festival included diabetes checks, vision and hearing screenings, mental health services, breast exams, HIV testing and blood pressure checks.
Almost 100 people turned out for the Pet-Friendly 5K Run/3K Walk on April 1. An April 3 golf tournament at Miramont Country Club in Bryan was followed by an awards reception and silent auction that raised money for student scholarships. …