On Sunday, March 23, the Waukegan Public Library will present a Women’s Health Fair featuring informational booths and free health screenings on a variety of health topics. The Fair is sponsored by Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), the Franklin Fellowship Program, and the Library and offers RFUMS medical students hands-on experience in patient-centered care. The Fair will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Information on topics from physical fitness to breast cancer will be available from RFUMS student groups, Lake County community organizations, and the library’s own Affordable Care Act navigators and literacy staff. Medical students will offer free blood pressure checks, cholesterol and blood sugar analysis, osteoporosis screenings, breast cancer exams, vision checks and more. Health information will be available on depression and anxiety, heart attacks, nutrition, domestic abuse, and other pertinent women’s issues. ACA information will be available for those who still need to sign up for insurance by the March 31 deadline.
“This Franklin Fellowship project was created because I saw two needs,” said Natalie Dale, RFUMS medical student and creator of the Women’s Health Fair. “First, the need in the community for increased understanding and awareness of women’s health issues and local resources. Second, the need of RFUMS students to connect in an interprofessional way, both within the school and with the community at large. The Women’s Health Fair provides an avenue for students to learn about women’s health in this interdisciplinary setting, while simultaneously increasing access to health care for women in need in Waukegan. For me, this fair is the ultimate win-win situation.”
Dale decided to create the fair after realizing that women’s health was an area that merited greater attention. With that in mind, she founded the Women’s Health Interest Group (WHIG), along with three other medical students. The goal of WHIG is to promote an understanding of women’s health, through service as well as awareness events, so that every health care professional knows how to promote women’s health in their own profession or specialty. “This is a cause which I hold very dear, and will continue to work on throughout my career,” said Dale.
This will be the first women’s health fair at the Waukegan Public Library. The fair is free and open to the public and information is available in both English and Spanish. For more information, call Rena Morrow at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.