Armstrong Nursing Students Provide Health Education

(September 23, 2011) Armstrong Atlantic State University nursing students will present a community assessment project on breast health, education and mammography at 7 p.m., Monday, September 26 at the YMCA on Habersham Street. The presentation will provide breast health awareness and breast cancer education to clients at the Community Health Mission and other interested women in the area.

The nine students presenting the project are in the final semester of the nursing program at Armstrong. All of the students in the NURS 4440 Community Health Nursing Course must develop and present a health promotion and disease prevention project as part of graduation requirements. The project involves a partnership with a community organization involving students, faculty and staff, that serves the health education needs of the population served by the organization.

“The purpose of the projects is to try to achieve health equity and reduce health disparities on specific health issues and populations identified by Healthy People 2020,” said Pamela Mahan, Armstrong assistant professor of nursing, who teaches and advises the students.

Healthy People 2020 is a 10-year U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative to promote health and disease prevention. It is a continuation of Healthy People 2000, first introduced in 1990.

Participating community partners for the project include the Community Health Mission and the Nancy and J.C. Lewis Cancer Center at St. Joseph's/Candler.