UT Nursing Students Team with Covenant Health to Organize Health Fair

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Nursing is teaming with Covenant Health again this year to host the UT Covenant Health Check. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the University Center Ballroom on the UT campus.

Free for students, UT employees and their families, a variety of health screenings and learning opportunities will be available at the health fair.

Among the services provided will be hearing testing, blood work, mental health screening, stress assessments, blood pressure screening, oral and dental health screenings, skin screening, body composition, bone density testing, lung function testing, sickle cell screening and newborn screening.

Participants also will be able to obtain information on drug and alcohol abuse; sexual assault and personal safety; student health education and services; organ donor registry and sign-up; HIV/AIDS education and testing; American Cancer Society services and programs; heart health and stroke risk; and weight management.

Insurance is not required, and fees will apply only to those screenings that require blood work. All forms of payment are accepted for those lab services.

For at least 10 years, the Covenant Health Fair has been organized by the College of Nursing’s health promotion and maintenance in the community course.

“Students took on a more active role in the marketing of this year’s event actually setting up the health fair,” said Suzanne Sutton, clinical instructor in the College of Nursing. “They also have been more involved in contacting and inviting vendors.”

Among the organizations participating are the American Red Cross, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Mental Health Association of Greater Knoxville, Tennessee Donor Services, the Hope Center, Covenant Home Care, the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and Knox County Health Department.

Several UT departments also will have exhibition booths. They include the audiology clinic, Employee Assistance Program, exercise science, dentistry, UT Police, Student Health Services, UT Medical Center Developmental and Genetic Center and UT Book and Supply Store.

There will be food and freebies, but, most importantly, there will be the opportunity to participate in important health screenings and receive immediate feedback and additional informative materials, Sutton said.

The event is sponsored by the UT College of Nursing and Covenant Health.


Contacts:

Kristi Hintz, (865) 974-3993, khintz@utk.edu

Suzanne Sutton, (865) 976-3116, ssutton6@utk.edu