2018 UW Interprofessional Health Fair

Jun 5, 2018

Volunteers served more than 2000 people from UW and the community

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018 the United Pharmacy Professional Organizations of Washington (UPPOW) and UW School of Pharmacy hosted the second annual UPPOW Interprofessional Health Fair for students and the community in Red Square. While DJ Stephen the Stylist spun some pop hits in the background, fairgoers received a wide variety of free health screenings and health information. This year, the fair served over 2000 individuals. Over 175 student volunteers and 20 faculty volunteers and 37 organizations participated.

“We developed new community contacts this year through King County and the Seattle Crisis Clinic.  We also involved the health sciences recruitment offices to offer interested attendees more information on how they can enter the healthcare field,” said Hanna Kleiboeker, UPPOW Outreach Interprofessional Event Chair and second year Pharmacy student.

New this year, King County sponsored a booth providing Narcan (naloxone HCl) training and 50 free kits to treat opioid overdoses. Alison Newman of the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute and Erin James, the King County Outreach Marijuana and Opiate Prevention Coordinator, trained health fair visitors to identify signs of opioid overdose and administer Narcan nasal spray to those suspected of an opioid overdose. Trainees received free kits containing two 4 mg doses of Narcan. Once administered, the drug works quickly on an overdosed person, restoring breathing and consciousness in about 2-5 minutes. The opioid withdrawal symptoms they experience “feels like the worst flu they’ve had,” Newman said. She explained that treated individuals should be supervised for at least an hour after receiving Narcan and should seek medical assistance.  She also emphasized the importance of calling 911 when coming across someone who has overdosed. Washington State’s 911 Good Samaritan Law protects those who report drug overdoses from prosecution for drug possession if seeking medical assistance.

The UW School of Pharmacy provided a wide variety of services and health education including information about medication take back and medical marijuana, therapy dogs, blood sugar and pressure screenings and education, understanding product labels, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) education and immunization, and a variety of LGBTQ community resources. Community and UW partners included GenerationRx, Mental Health, Operation Diabetes, Operation Heart, Operation OTC Medication Safety, Operation Immunization, and QueeRx

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, Lifelong and the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation all provided information about HIV education and prevention. Lifelong also offered free HIV testing during the fair. Lifelong’s HIV educational outreach program is working to provide educational resources and low cost or free HIV prevention measures to at-risk populations in Western Washington. Condoms, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)—a medication that blocks HIV virus replication—and Treatment as Prevention (TasP) are a few of the prevention measures they discussed ( http://www.lifelong.org/sexual-health-prevent). The Hepatitis Education Project provided Hepatitis C virus testing (http://www.hepeducation.org/).

Bloodworks Northwest provided blood typing and accepted donations. Kappa Psi teamed up with “Be the Match” to register bone marrow donors. The UW Family Medicine Interest Group provided preventative family health information. The UW School of Dentistry EchoTrain Program provided oral health education. The UW chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists provided vitamin and supplement education (http://students.washington.edu/ascpuw/). The UW School of Physical Therapy provided information. UW Hearing and Speech Pathology provided hearing exams. And many of the UW health sciences schools and program provided information about their programs.

Community Health Plan of Washington and Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy provided information about health insurance plans and access. The Seattle Crisis Clinic provided information about crisis intervention and community referrals. Huskies for Suicide Prevention and Awareness provided student resources. The Doorway Project at the University of Washington provided information about their pilot pop-up café/navigational model for engaging U-District homeless youth and UW faculty, students and healthcare providers in a new way to address youth homelessness (www.doorwayproject.org). Roosevelt Chiropractic provided screens and body metrics. Washington State Poison Control provided poisoning prevention and education. UW Recreation and Fitness offered equipment rentals.

Based on a post-event survey the fair organizers sent out, 100% of organizations who participated this year would like to participate next year.

“With this only being our second year, we were super pleased with the amount of attendance, the meaningful interactions, and overall success of the event,” said Sean Linn, Director of Outreach for the UPPOW Interprofessional Health Fair and a third-year Pharmacy student. Hanna Kleiboeker, UPPOW Outreach Interprofessional Event Chair, will take on the Director of Outreach role next year. She has been instrumental in planning the fair for the past two years and will be looking at ways to continue improving outreach.

For questions or further details reach out to lead organizers Sean Linn (sean.linn1(at)gmail.com) or Hanna Kleiboeker (hlk