WesternU students provide health care to underserved

By Jeff Malet, Writer/Photographer

POMONA, Calif. - 10/19/2010 -- Western University of Health Sciences students and faculty examined low wage immigrant workers during the Latino Medical Student Association's (LMSA) biannual LMSA Mobile Clinic Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC).

Latino Medical Student Association SlideshowThe clinic provided needed health care to about 30 people in the underserved day labor community.

Students and faculty from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), College of Podiatric Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Dental Medicine and the Department of Physician Assistant Education, part of the College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP), provided free physicals, blood pressure, dental screenings and foot exams.

Second-year COMP student Joseph Shadpour, LMSA Chair, said the clinic helps everyone in the community, especially the day laborers and migrant workers in the vast Pomona area while also providing students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom.



"We are making a difference to make sure they live a longer and fuller life and they don't have anything that would hinder their ability of enjoying their family and futures," he said.

PEOC opened a day labor center in 1998 to help workers look for jobs in construction or physical labor in Pomona and keep them off the streets. The first mobile clinic with WesternU started in 1999.



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