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Pharmacy Students Plan Health Care Fair for Vets

September 15, 2016

This month, local veterans will have the chance to meet with health care professionals and receive screenings and immunizations, thanks to a free health fair organized by students in the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy.

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The fair, which is open to veterans of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Cleary Auditorium.

The students, many of whom are members of the Student Chapter for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, have planned the fair in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“The main goal is to empower veterans to use all the resources available to them to stay healthy,” said Allan Batalier, a P4 pharmacy student who helped organize the fair. “In addition to helping veterans leverage the services they are entitled to through the VA, we hope to share basic information about health-related topics.”

Representatives from the VA will be present to talk with vets about services including the GI Bill for education, the department’s weight-loss management program, MOVE, and can also screen veterans to see which services they are eligible for, based on their service years.

In addition, volunteers from the School of Pharmacy and the Wegmans School of Nursing will offer hypertension screenings and organizations including the American Red Cross and Walgreens, will be at the fair.  Veterans can also speak with health care professionals about information on a variety of topics, including hypertension, diabetes, stress management, COPD and asthma, and coronary artery disease, among others.

“We’re hoping to be able to provide information about the things veterans can do right now to help them stay healthy and what signs and symptoms they should be aware of when it comes to different illnesses and conditions, and how best to get help if those arise,” Batalier said.

For more information about the health fair, email Allan Batalier at agb01598@sjfc.edu.