HSC Students Bringing Health Circus to Hearne

February 24, 2004

Health Science Center Students Bringing Health Circus to Hearne
The circus is coming! Students at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s College of Medicine and School of Rural Public Health are holding a Health Circus in Hearne.
The Health Circus will take place Saturday, February 28, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 406 West First Street in Hearne.
Services available at the Health Circus, all provided free of charge, include immunizations (please bring past records if available); healthy child screenings; dental screenings; adult blood pressure checks; blood sugar checks and health education on such topics as nutrition, childhood development, alcohol and drug abuse and prenatal care.
In addition to the health activities, fun, circus-themed activities will be available including face painting, a moonwalk, balloon animals, clowns and other booths for children.
“The Health Circus has never been to Hearne,” said Chris Thompson, College of Medicine student and publicity chairman for the event. “We are certainly looking forward to meeting many of Hearne’s residents and providing them with health services that they may not ordinarily have easy access to. As we have been preparing our first trip to Hearne, there has been an overwhelming degree of support from the Hearne community. That public support has helped us create an event tailored to Hearne.”
The Health Circus is being produced in partnership with a number of community residents, leaders and businesses, including Planters and Merchants State Bank, Sonic, Brookshire Brothers, El Alamo Café and Dairy Queen.
The Health Circus is a grassroots program started in 2002 by Texas A&M University Health Science Center students. It is a non-profit traveling health fair that seeks to increase childhood immunizations, healthy child screenings and child insurance enrollment rates and to encourage the use of the local health care and dental care systems.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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