WHAT THE HECK IS THE NWSS?
The National Western Stock Show has invited the Colorado AHEC Program, University of Colorado Anschutz Medial Campus to provide a health screening exhibit at the National Western Stock Show January 11-26, 2014. Over 675,000 attendees visit the National Western Stock Show each year, which includes farmers, ranchers, and students from urban and rural areas. This is an excellent opportunity for UC\AMC to allow our health profession students to provide free health screenings to NWSS participants from all over Colorado, the United States and other countries around the world.
One part of the exhibit is focused on health screenings with blood-pressure checks, lipid testing and health education materials targeting Farmers and Ranchers, a second part of the exhibit is a health assessment for children ages 2-18 and the third part is an oral health program targeting oral cancer in adults and Cavity Free at Three for children. Adults who receive screenings and are considered high-risk may receive onsite counseling from a clinical faculty member.
COLORADO AHEC PROGRAM NEEDS YOU!
There are 16 days of the National Western Stock Show, January 11-26, 2014 and we could not offer this great service to the community without our extraordinary volunteers. Volunteers are needed for the exhibit from 8a.m.-8p.m. daily.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
- University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
- Dental Students
- Medical Students
- Nursing Students
- Pharmacy Students
- Physical Therapy Students
- Physician Assistant Students
- Public Health Students
- Clinical Faculty
- Non-Clinical Faculty and Staff
There are two shifts daily. The AM shift from 8:15 am – 2:30 pm and the PM shift is from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Each shift is around six hours. There is some overlap in time to allow for the shift change. Volunteers must register online. Training is required for all students.
This is also a great opportunity for health profession students to interact with elementary, middle and high school to college students and share about the vast array of health career opportunities.
AND, all volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit the National Western Stock Show on the day they volunteer. Make plans to come early before your shift or stay after your shift to enjoy the Stock Show!
The final product of a health professional who thrives in a rural medical practice requires years of development, education and work. From grade school to college to health career education, excellent education must be coupled with rural experience and a receptive and supportive rural community. Thousands of students pass through the National Western Stock Show exhibits each year. We hope to attract many young students to our exhibit and provide them with materials and excitement about health careers, and health career education at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. We believe there is an excellent cadre of well-educated and motivated youth throughout rural Colorado. By increasing their exposure to and experiences in health careers and health careers education, we hope that more will choose a rural health career.
Does your department have any free swag (pens, mugs, t-shirts, pads, etc) to give away? If so, please contact Naomi Spector at 303.724.4748.