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Lay Health Education Program Students Graduate

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The Lay Health Education students celebrated class graduation on Thursday, November 6th, at St. Mary’s Hospital.  This education program was established in order to teach patients about basic healthcare and how to teach those in their community about good health practices, and was funded by Athens Community Foundation.  The classes were led by Fran Martin, NP, and were held twice a week at Mercy for seven weeks.  The students learned how to read blood pressure and blood glucose levels, take temperatures, and about basic health and wellness information.  The students were given their own blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, and blood glucose meters for use in their own communities, and as homework participated in a local health fair and provided health screenings for those in their community.  The students will serve as liaisons to their own community by providing basic medical services and information.