Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Service Learning

St. Procopius Health Fair

Each fall, prior to flu season, the School of Nursing organizes a health fair for the community of St. Procopius Jesuit School in the Pilsen area of Chicago. This valuable service learning initiative demonstrates commitment to the Jesuit values of social justice and community service.   St Procopius students, their parents and grandparents attend with the goal of obtaining immunizations, health screenings and culturally appropriate information on maintaining good health. The health fair attracts more than 100 participants annually.

Flu vaccine, nursing and clerical support are provided by the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.  The Mobile Dentist In-School Dental Prevention Program performs free dental exams & cleanings and Healthquest Homecare offers information regarding in home services.

Because the most recent fair was held on Halloween, topics included issues regarding safety and dental hygiene, as well as flu prevention.  A group of forty nursing students and alumni volunteered and provided vaccinations, blood pressure screenings, teaching and translation.