by Marissa High
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Writer
INGHAM COUNTY — The Capital Area Transit Authority (CATA) is hosting its annual Community Health Fair this Thursday, April, 12.
One of the sponsors of this event is Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. An elective class in the College of Osteopathic Medicine called Community Integrated Medicine (CIM) attends events such as CATA’s Community Health Fair to educate the community on health.
“We’re stuck in class all day. It’s a way for us to interact with patients and do what we’re here to do,” said first year medical student Lucan Chatterley, who was recently elected e-board president of CIM.
Students in CIM offer blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure testing at the event. They also do a quick health exam and discuss preventive health, Chatterley said.
This Health Fair will be the thirteenth for CATA.
The CATA station is located in downtown Lansing, where many people in the community come to gather. Seeing how well located the station was, CATAs saw an opportunity to help the community, said Laurie Robison, a spokesperson for CATA.
“It’s not exclusive to CATA customers,” she said.
The event is for the community to learn more about their health and for people who haven’t had a chance to get a check-up recently, she said.
“We make every effort to schedule Health Fairs,” said Dr. Margaret Aguwa, D.O., the primary supervisor for CIM.
Both the students and the community learn from the event, Dr. Aguwa said. “Students learn clinical skills, develop doctor-patient skills.”
CATA’s Health Fair usually attracts 200 to 300 people from the community, Robison said
Along with MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, there are many other sponsors in the community, including the Tri-County Offices on Aging, Lansing City Market, American Cancer Association, Ingham County Health Department, Sickle Cell Disease Association, and many others.
This year there are 23 venders, which is the maximum capacity, she said