September 8, 2014
Students currently studying to be physicians at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) recently provided over 20 St. Maarten residents with complimentary healthcare screenings at the Salvation Army in Cole Bay. It was the latest health and wellness event held by Project HELP, a student-led initiative that collaborates with the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor and The Diabetes Foundation.
“Project HELP is an outstanding example of the positive impact we can make by working together,” said Golden Jackson, Ph.D, director of service-learning and community affairs at AUC. “It is a valued opportunity for AUC students to work alongside local doctors to provide screening for chronic diseases, interact with patients and share health and wellness tips.”
Information gathered during the screenings for glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, vision and body mass index contributes to a more complete picture of health status on the island. This will assist the Ministry of Health’s efforts to combat preventable conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
“Community outreach events such as Project HELP are becoming increasingly important in St. Maarten. It provides residents of Cole Bay and the surrounding area access to health screenings regardless of their insurance coverage status” said Lotty Peterson, president, The Diabetes Foundation. “We look forward to AUC’s much appreciated and needed assistance at the upcoming World Diabetes Awareness walk-a-thon in November.”
To view photos of Project HELP's events, click here.