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IU Health Arnett offers community outreach during annual Convoy of Hope


January 08, 2019

IU Health Arnett team members spent a day giving back at the 2018 Greater Lafayette Convoy of Hope community event that provides outreach to the community.

IU Health Arnett team members collaborated with local churches, businesses, social and veterans service organizations and health service organizations to provide a day of free health and dental screenings, groceries, smoothies, haircuts, portraits, shoes and lunch. For the past three years, expanding access to healthcare has been a priority community health need at IU Health Arnett, and more than 1,500 neighbors came to the fairgrounds for the Convoy of Hope.

Melissa Dexter, IU Health Arnett community outreach program manager, teamed up with the Tippecanoe County Health Department to co-lead the Health Services area of the Convoy of Hope. Health Services provided guests with free physical and mental health screenings, dental screenings, vision screenings, healthy eating tips, free toothbrushes and toothpaste, among many other
health-related services:

  • IU Health Arnett trauma services coordinator Teresa Williams fitted and distributed 350 bike helmets to children.
  • IU Health Arnett car seat safety technician Terri Jones fitted and distributed 40 booster seats to families with young children.
  • IU Health Arnett Certified Child Life Specialist Olivia Rauschenbach led kids in making and decorating their own finger casts. Kids also dressed up as doctors and patients, capturing the moment in a photo booth.

Several students from the IU School of Medicine West Lafayette Campus and Purdue University College of Pharmacy provided free medical screenings at Convoy of Hope. IU Health Arnett purchased supplies for the students to complete hundreds of screenings, including body mass index, blood pressure and glucose screenings.

Months of planning and several successful partnerships made the day a great success for IU Health Arnett team members and their greater Lafayette neighbors.

Image: Spanish interpreters provided by Purdue University helped the guests
navigate through the health stations with ease.

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