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UCO Students Work To Meet Community Needs By Offering Free Health Fair In Edmond March 9

March 5, 2013

Media Contact: Stephanie Turner, Coordinator Public Relations and Communications, University of Central Oklahoma College of Education and Professional Studies, 405-974-5408,


The University of Central Oklahoma’s Community/Public Health students will host “Spring into Health at Gateway of Edmond” on March 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Gateway of Edmond Apartment Homes, located at 14140 Broadway Extension.  

The students, along with partners Integris Health, Teen Empower, Planned Parenthood, and the UCO Wellness Center, will offer a cooking demonstration on how to make a quick, healthy meal, a workout session, Zumba dance class, and more, all free to the public.        

“Working with residents in Gateway of Edmond is a wonderful opportunity to ensure that community members have access to important health resources and screenings,” said Sunshine Cowan, Ph.D., assistant professor of Kinesiology and Health Studies.           

Cowan facilitated the partnership between the UCO Community/ Public Health students and the Gateway of Edmond.  She learned that the complex location lacks close access to public transportation to Edmond or Oklahoma City, and found that residents regularly walked to a nearby 7-11 convenience store for food due to the lack of transportation.  Cowan added that other community members, including elementary school administrators, shared with her that the Gateway community is underserved.  Hearing the need, Cowan’s students elected to help the community for their Community Intervention capstone course.            

“By incorporating this intervention into a capstone course for Community/Public Health majors, students are able to apply discipline knowledge and skills to actively improving the lives of others,” said Cowan.  “It is a wonderful opportunity to work with the community in order to bring about positive change.”                                                    

Those attending the fair should enter through the Gateway office. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Cowan, at 405-974-5238.