Tech, GSU partner for health fair

Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University will co-host a health fair from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 outside the Ropp Center, to encourage staff, faculty, and students – as well as the community – to be conscious of their mental and physical health as Spring Quarter begins.

The fair’s emphasis is on COVID-19 precautions, providing students with rapid-test information and free rapid-tests. Despite current low case levels, the event highlights how it remains critical that communities remain diligent in their efforts to combat the effects of the virus.

“COVID-19 is likely not gone, so while cases are low we want to remind people of the importance of monitoring their health, make sure they have registered to receive their free at-home testing kits, that they know how to use the testing kits, and that they know about the resources on campus for free testing and vaccination,” said Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jamie Newman.

The campus event is a collaboration between multiple local health organizations, volunteering a range of health resources and information.

“In addition to information on COVID-19, we want to share the other resources on campus that encourage healthy living by having representatives from Nutrition & Dietetics, Nursing, Parkinson Resource Center, Kinesiology, Dr. Guice’s Tech Family walking group, and Counseling Services. We will also be joined by the Grambling State University Social Work program and the Health Hut,” Newman said. “This health fair was initiated by a grant that LSUHS, GSU and Louisiana Tech share to develop regional tools for monitoring COVID-19 within a community in order to mitigate our current pandemic and prevent this from happening again in the future. We are excited to see it grow to serve a variety of needs within the community and hope that we can engage people in activities.”

The cooperation between various local organizations serves as a reminder of the wealth of existing resources the community has to support the physical and mental health of its residents.

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