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OSU Osteopathic Medicine Health Fair in Locust Grove Sept. 26

TULSA, Okla. – Medical students from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Student Osteopathic Medicine Association will present the club’s annual OSU-COM Rural Health Fair from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Locust Grove Upper Elementary School.

The event is part of Locust Grove’s first Care Fair. “Locust Grove is excited to host us at the Care Fair and we are happy to have this opportunity to support the Locust Grove community,” said Chelsea Williams, a second-year medical student and chair of the event.

The annual SOMA rural health fair helps to integrate OSU medical students into the school’s mission to serve rural Oklahoma. OSU medical students will staff 20 health booths with the help of Locust Grove Family Physicians, offering information and screenings including blood pressure, pulse, blood sugar, bone density, and vision.  Information about tobacco cessation, exercise and first aid also will be offered.

Members of the OSU pediatrics club will offer face painting for children and a children’s obstacle course. Information from the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s TakeCharge low-cost mammograms for qualified individuals also will be available.

The Locust Grove Chamber of Commerce has invited health care professionals, fire, police, sheriff, ambulance and life flight helicopter to participate in the fair. Other participants include dental, legal aid, Oklahoma health department, emergency services, hospice, senior services and chiropractic information.

Dana Livingston, director of OSU-CHS student services, said SOMA members conduct a health fair in an outlying community each year. “The event gives OSU student doctors a chance to learn more about community health care,” she said.

SOMA is a national organization for osteopathic medical students. SOMA’s goals are to improve the quality of health care delivery to the American people and the world; to contribute to the welfare and education of osteopathic medical students; to familiarize its members with the purpose and ideals of osteopathic medicine; to establish lines of communication with other health science students and organizations; and to prepare its members to meet the social, moral, and ethical obligations of the osteopathic medical profession.
    

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer nine graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates six clinics, five in Tulsa and one in Enid. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.

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