The inaugural cohort of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program has not only been integrating into the RVU community but has been making footprints in the local community, as well. The MPAS students are serving in ways that improve the physical, mental, and emotional health of Coloradoans in the Denver metro area.
As one of their first service events, MPAS students organized an outreach event for the Parker Library to promote community engagement. The event featured multiple themed stations which focused on self-care, covering topics such as healthy habits to ensure mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Hosted by the the Highlands Ranch Community Association, students also volunteered at the Sweetheart Dance, a Valentine’s day event for teenagers and adults with disabilities. Students danced and interacted with fellow attendees during the dance.
The MPAS students also volunteered at the 9Health Fairs across the metro area. These health fairs provide important screenings and resources (such as nutritional counseling, blood work, and chiropractic consults) at a low cost to community members. In between checking blood pressures, answering questions about blood pressure and heart rate, and distributing educational materials about various health conditions (headache, diabetes, hypertension, etc.), the students connected community members with free or low-cost health providers in their neighborhoods to follow up on their health screening results. Some students also provided information on rheumatoid arthritis and colon cancer screenings, as well as education on dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices. The MPAS students are proud to continue the RVU legacy of compassion and service.