Medical students from The Student Health Coalition have put their minds together to host a Free Health Fair at the Tommy Dulaney Center. “We hope to serve as an interface between the healthcare providers of Meridian and the population that needs it the most. We will have a BMI screening, we’ll have a CDC prediabetes screening, we’ll have blood pressure and blood glucose tests, and it’s all completely free of charge,” said Andy Shrine who is the director of marketing with the Student Health Coalition. There will be physicians from the community to answer any questions, as well. “We’re planning on making this an annual event. What we’re trying to do is raise money so that it’s a self-sustaining event in that, even after we’ve graduated in four years, it’ll still be able to run and we’ll still be able to get people in here and get the free health screening,” said Adam Goodman who is the project facilitator for the Student Health Coalition.
All the students involved in making this health fair happen are from the Meridian area, and they simply want to make a difference in their hometown. “We hope to kind of highlight some of the free opportunities for healthcare that are provided throughout the year-- whether its Anderson’s, Rush, or American Cancer Society-- there’s all kind of things that we just really want to raise awareness about in the public,” said Shine.
“We wanted to find some way to give back to the community that we all came from. All four of us in the Student Health Coalition are from Meridian. After graduating in our first year of medical school, we wanted to come back this summer that’s going to impact the community where we came from,” said Goodman. This free event is also in conjunction with Meridian Community College and the Free Clinic of Meridian. It will kick off tomorrow morning at 8 am and go until 3 pm. You can follow the event on Facebook at SHCofMS.