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Medical Partnership and College of Nursing collaborate to help community

On a cool football Saturday in Athens, students from the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership and the GRU College of Nursing Athens Campus joined together to provide blood pressure and blood glucose screenings at a community event sponsored by the Athens Land Trust. 

The Athens Land Trust is a non-profit agency that focuses on preserving land, affordable housing, and revitalizing communities.  Currently, the organization is working with the Broad Acres community and has established a community garden.  This garden serves as a food source for many in the community in addition to creating a sense of community.  On this particular Saturday, the community was gathered at the site of the community garden, the Old Broad Street School, for cooking demonstrations, children's activities, and a discussion about opening a farmers market.

GRU/UGA Medical Partnership and College of Nurshing students were available to the participants for blood pressure screenings and blood sugar screenings.  The students also distributed information on diabetes prevention and breast cancer detection.  Partially sponsored by St. Mary's Health Care System, this event provided students with the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary care within the community.

"Collaboration within the colleges of nursing and medicine will result in stronger leadership and collaboration in the workforce," said Julia Behr, Assistant Dean for CONAT-Athens Campus.  "It is so refreshing to see these health care providers doing so much in our community."

- By Missy Jackson, MS, WHNP-BC, an instructor at the GRU College of Nursing Athens Campus