On Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., A.T. Still University (ATSU) will host approximately 200 children from Phoenix-area Title I schools for a back-to-school health fair on its Mesa campus, located at 5850 E. Still Circle.
Children will receive free health, hearing, vision and dental screenings, provided by ATSU students and faculty. The event will be hosted in partnership with local nonprofit organization, Corbin’s Legacy.
Students in third through fifth grade will be bused to ATSU from Mesa Public Schools, Phoenix Elementary School District and Glendale Elementary School District. During the event, children will rotate through stations, including various health screenings, as well as fun activities like bowling and hopscotch. They will also receive gift cards for food and school uniforms.
Many children participating in the event are uninsured or underinsured, and would not otherwise have access to critical health screenings. By addressing this basic need, ATSU and Corbin’s Legacy are preparing children for success, in and out of the classroom.
“ATSU is thrilled to partner with Corbin’s Legacy to provide important health screenings and school necessities for children in need,” said Mary-Katherine Smith McNatt, DrPH, chair of ATSU’s Master of Public Health program and coordinator of the event. “Not only does the partnership create meaningful learning opportunities for ATSU students, it prepares children for a healthy, happy, successful school year. We plan to continue the partnership and hold the event annually.”
Resources for the health fair were provided by ATSU in celebration of its 125th anniversary. The university has planned a series of service projects to give back to the communities that support it.