JAMP program to host annual student-run health fair

Health fair is only one project for JAMP

By Allison Price
On February 28, 2014

The Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) and ASUFit are partnering to bring back the annual student-run health fair Tuesday, March 4.

"JAMP is a grant program by the state of Texas to help economically disadvantaged students who are high-achievers get into med school," JAMP adviser Dr. Russell Wilke said. "The state of Texas came up with this program and Angelo State has had it since 2003. The state used our program as a model program for the other schools, which we are pretty proud of."

Wilke said the health fair is a way for students to get connected with the community and learn responsibility.

"We started planning for the health fair at the beginning of the semester," JAMP student Jazmin Humphreys said. "The students contact the businesses to see who will be able to attend and what they can offer to our students."

Springer said the health fair is different from other health fairs in the sense of the information that is given to students.

"What we do is try to approach subjects that students might come into contact with during spring break and even after," Springer said. "The main point is to help them to stay safe and to make good choices. We talk about everything from substance abuse to sexually transmitted diseases, and even the sun burning you. The health fair tries to address student issues."

Humphreys said there is a good turnout expected for the health fair because previous health fairs have brought in a lot of students.

"All of the student helpers have been recruiting friends to check out this year's health fair before spring break," she said.

Besides the health fair, individual students do community service projects depending on their interests, Wilke said.

"We try to help them develop their skills academically and develop these professional skills they need to be successful," Wilke said.

Over the 11 years the JAMP program has been running, Wilke said there have been 12 students who have been placed in medical school through the program.

"It is a pretty significant number for a small school like us," he said.

The Health Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UC.

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