Community Health Fair slated for Wednesday: Kenai Peninsula College

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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The second annual community health fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in room 107 in the Ward Building at the Kenai River Campus.

"There will be free health screenings and referrals, low cost blood tests, and information promoting health awareness, disease prevention and healthy lifestyles," said Kathy Becher, advanced nurse practitioner at the college's health clinic.

Exhibitors include Love INC, Peninsula Smoke-Free Partnership, Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Disaster Preparedness, Dena'ina Health Clinic's Nutrition Educator, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Planned Parenthood, Nature's Remedies, The LeeShore Center, National Caregiver Association, Hospice of the Central Kenai Peninsula, Red Cross and others. There will be door prizes given away throughout the event including health related items.

KPC health clinic news

The health clinic has joined the University of Alaska Anchorage's model of offering a limited number of routine medications to students being seen at the clinic. Antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, Depo-Provera shots, pink-eye medications, gastritis and allergy medications are a few examples of what is available to students.

"These medications can be prescribed and dispensed at a discounted rate to clinic eligible students attending Kenai Peninsula College," said Kathy Becher, ANP. Students enrolled in six or more credits at KPC are eligible to receive acute and preventative health care in the clinic. The college is the only community campus in the University of Alaska system with an on-campus student health clinic.

The state of Alaska has membership with the Minnesota Multi-state Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy which allows the state to purchase medications in volume directly from the manufacturer. The program reduces the costs to government agencies, including the University of Alaska and the savings are passed on to the students.

For more information about the discounted medications program, call Kathy Becher at 262-0347 or stop by the clinic between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, in room 106 in the Ward Building.

Volunteers sought

Mary Bell, AmeriCorps volunteer in the KRC Learning Center, would like to recruit community volunteers to help students learn English as a second language and/or obtain a GED. There will be two orientation and training sessions from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. today in room 153. For more information, call the Learning Center at 262-0327 or e-mail

Non-resident tuition waiver continues

The pilot program that has waived non-resident tuition at KPC campuses and extension sites is being continued. Gary Turner, college director, has indicated that UAA Chancellor Fran Ulmer and UA President Mark Hamilton have approved continuing the program that was implemented beginning fall semester in 2007.

The program has allowed students who are new to Alaska to begin college right away without incurring the high cost of non-resident tuition rates.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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