Gannon University Doctor of Physical Therapy students in their fifth semester will plan and implement three health fairs for senior citizens in the Erie-GAINS neighborhood. Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) is a comprehensive community development initiative to address issues of health and wellness, education, business and the economy, environmental sustainability and quality of life in the neighborhoods surrounding the University’s urban campus.
Doctor of Physical Therapy students are required to participate in several community health initiatives as part of the curriculum, which is in accordance with the university’s mission to offer a comprehensive, values-centered learning experience that emphasizes faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility.
The health fairs are scheduled to take place on March 13th at the GECAC (Greater Erie Community Action Committee) center on Peach Street, March 27th at the Villa Maria HANDS (Housing And Neighborhood Development Service) building on 8th and Liberty, and April 10th at the GECAC center on West 8th Street. The health fairs are open to the public but will center on healthy living for senior citizens.
Six stations will be prepared for participants of the health fairs, which include diabetes, depression and alcoholism, stroke, heart attack, shingles, and bone health. Participants will receive tips for healthy living based on discussion topics and will have the opportunity to ask for further information on key areas of the health fair.
It is the hope of the Doctor of Physical Therapy students at Gannon to improve the lifestyles of seniors living in the targeted area through informational discussions. Gannon University’s Erie-GAINS considers improving the health and wellness of citizens living in the Gannon neighborhood a key focus of the organization.