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Smaller than a traditional health fair, the Klotz "Care"avan provides a variety of clinical and health education services to students in non-traditional locations across campus. As an added bonus, the "Care”avan may prove helpful in reaching students who may be deterred from visiting the health center due to the construction surrounding the building.
The concept of the Klotz "Care"avan started with a review of data collected from the Spring 2006, Cal State Northridge National College Health Assessment (NCHA, www.csun.edu/studenthealthcenter/about/ncha.htm). The NCHA is a survey that measures students' health beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. The services offered by the "Care"avan are based on specific needs/issues identified by the data and vary with each outreach. The program dream became a reality this fall under the development of Kelly Dickson, a first-year graduate assistant with the Educational Psychology Department in the College Counseling/ Student Services program.
The first "Care"avan a 10'x 30', three-tent mobile event was held in November and located near Cleary Court. The "Care"avan focused on musculo-skeletal health because the NCHA data showed that 59% of students reported experiencing back pain within the last school year. To address this issue, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture and massage services were offered. Students learned proper weight and positioning of backpacks and other tips for a healthy back. Nutrition, stress management and smoking cessation services and information rounded out the day's activities.
Students are the heart of the "Care"avan — not only those who received services but those students who gained hands-on experience. Nursing students, health education interns, Alive and Well peer health educators, physical therapy students, chiropractic students and peer nutrition counselors worked alongside Klotz SHC staff.
The Klotz "Care"avan...a success for all involved!