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University of Iowa News Release

July 25, 2003

UI Health Science Students' Mobile Clinic Honored

The University of Iowa Mobile Clinic was awarded the second place prize for interdisciplinary programs in the Secretary's Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The award recognizes forward-thinking proposals by health professional students and generates creative strategies for understanding and improving community health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration sponsor the award in collaboration with the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions.

Launched in September 2002, the clinic is a student-run, community-centered health care treatment and education project. The mission of the clinic is to serve underserved populations in Johnson County and the surrounding area, utilize interdisciplinary potential at the UI, raise awareness of existing health resources in the area and connect people in communities served by these resources.

Utilizing the time and knowledge of more than 200 student volunteers from programs in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, social work, dentistry and public health, the clinic visits the Shelter House, Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center, Columbus Junction Community Schools and Broadway Neighborhood Center.

The clinic's services include hypertension and diabetes screenings, risk assessment counseling, reproductive health services, educational materials and well-child and well-adult physicals.

The clinic is funded in part by a grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges, Pfizer Humanities Initiative's Caring for Community program and individual fundraising efforts.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu Writer: Tiffany Bronk