The students, alongside Sanford School of Medicine students, will work an informational booth from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. that will focus on basics of first aid and skin safety related to skin exposure. The first aid kits will be given out and common farm safety issues will be discussed.

Items in the first aid kits were donated by area businesses, including Prairie Eye Clinic, Avera McKennan Laboratory, Avera Medical Group-Yankton, Dakota Dermatology and Procter & Gamble.

The Clay County Extension Office is also loaning their DermaScan machine, a non-invasive ultrasound skin scanner, for the event. Blood glucose and blood pressure checks will also be available upon request.

USD’s School of Health Sciences students often provide this kind of outreach, demonstrating the importance of community participation.

Regan Luken, nursing student services director, explains why outreach events such as this are important to the School of Health Sciences. “In a rural agricultural state such as ours, farmer safety is very important and this is one way we can serve our community,” she said. “Public health is an integral part of health care all across the board, and so it is important that students connect with their community members.”

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