STC celebrates 10th annual Harvest of Health Fair

South Texas College (STC) Nursing & Allied Health opened its doors to the public for a community celebration of health on November 9 at its NAH campus in McAllen.

Organized by the Community Health Outreach Committee (CHOC), a departmental organization charged with community outreach and industry partners, the theme for this year’s Harvest celebration was “Supporting Lives One System at a Time.”

“This is our way of inviting students, their loved ones, and even their parents to mingle with NAH faculty,” said Dr. Jayson T. Valerio, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at STC. “The main purpose for Harvest of Health is reaching out to the community. We are here for our residents, and we want to enhance our visibility. Let’s face it, some people don’t even realize we are here, and are not familiar with the various health programs we offer.”

At the event, each NAH program featured their own assigned topic promoting health and wellness. Medical Assisting Technology (MAT) students for example promoted the importance of immunizations, Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students promoted diabetes prevention, and Vocational Nursing (VN) students provided teachings on healthy lifestyle choices.

Scholarships were also given to five NAH students at the event.

“This is all about having students showcase their programs, and it gives them the opportunity to show their family and friends what they do as a division and within their specific programs,” said Celina Casas, Faculty with the Occupational Therapy Program and chairperson of the CHOC committee.

“It also allows students to have a little break between study times. These programs are really intense, and they work really hard, but this provides them with a little break from that,” Casas said. “We want to others to know that the Nursing and Allied Health Division is here, and we have 12 active programs that feature a combination of two-year Associate Degree programs and certification programs. Anybody who is interested in the healthcare field should come by and see us.”

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