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Hiway 80 Rescue Mission has annual health event

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 6:58 am, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

By Alex Byrd abyrd@news-journal.com

The Hiway 80 Rescue Mission had its fifth annual Health Fair on Wednesday, with UT Tyler-Longview nursing students providing education and preventative treatment for some of Longview’s homeless population.

“The reality is that the homeless population is often overlooked,” said Rusty Fennell, the mission’s associate director.

The students complete their clinical hours by helping health fair patients prevent cardiovascular disease, summer heat exposure and infection through education and a drive-thru style check up line.

“Anyone can be homeless,” said Katherine Stout, community health professor. “I hope that we can change the public’s perception of who is homeless.” 

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