For the hundreds of homeless people in Northwest Arkansas, they are able to find temporary shelter at 7 Hills in Fayetteville, but one major thing they’re missing is proper healthcare and hygiene.
University of Arkansas nursing students stepped up to the plate these last two months offering health assessments and treatments to the homeless population.
Thursday, they wrapped up their work by holding a free health fair at 7 Hills.
With donations from local businesses, they raised $800 to provide clean needles, shoes, tarps, tents and water bottles. Free haircuts were provided by Paul Mitchell, local restaurants donated food, and Fayetteville fire and police officers also came out to help grill.
U of A student Allie James says as future nurses it’s their job to take care of the community, but not just for those who seek treatment at hospitals or clinics.
“As student nurses about to become nurses, it’s so important to have an understanding of what the homeless population goes through. I believe every nursing student should have to do a clinical at a homeless shelter because I feel like not only has it grown me and my clinical group as people, but it’s prepared us for our careers,” says James.
Education stations were also set up to teach people about accessing nutrition, how to stop smoking, treating diabetes and first aid techniques.