Student group sponsors annual health fair

Members of the School of Medicine’s Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association sponsored a health fair that drew nearly 200 people to Blue Valley Southwest High School in Johnson County, Kansas.

After Rmaah Memon took part in a student-sponsored community health fair a year ago, she couldn’t wait to do it again.

Nearly 30 medical students joined community volunteers for the Indian Association of Kansas City Health Fair on June 25 at Blue Valley Southwest High School. The School of Medicine’s Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association is a sponsor of the annual event.

This year, Memon took on the added role as as event co-chair with Vidhan Srivastava MS 4, Elsa George MS 3, and Priyesha Bijlani MS 3.

“I did it last year and liked it so much that I took on a bigger position with the club and did it again,” Memon said. “We have a bunch of these health fairs that we do. We focus on communities in the Kansas City area that might not otherwise have health care.”

The program is one of the organization’s largest community projects of the year. Nearly 200 people saw community physicians and volunteers from the medical school and the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and vision screenings among others.

Memon said the health fair has become a win-win effort for students and the community, providing experience for the students while making a difference in the lives of their patients.

“I’m helping people and seeing the fruits of my education,” Memon said. “It’s taking everything I’ve learned and now putting it into practice to not only help someone, but to help someone who otherwise wouldn’t be receiving care, someone who might not know that they have something like diabetes. That’s the interesting part of it all.”