The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s (UTHSC) College of Nursing and Southwest Tennessee Community College (STCC) launched a free health resource center for STCC students, faculty, and staff at a ribbon-cutting Nov. 8. The Health Education and Lifestyle Promotion (HELP) Center is a collaboration of the UTHSC College of Nursing and STCC.
The HELP Center will allow the community college’s students, faculty, and staff to obtain physicals, referrals, and health care resources provided by a nurse practitioner on the faculty of the UTHSC College of Nursing one day per week. This is the first such collaboration between STCC and the UTHSC College of Nursing.
Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Affairs Diana Dedmon, DNP, FNP-BC, leads the UTHSC College of Nursing’s development of faculty practice opportunities. “Developing a student health education and lifestyle promotion center is an ongoing commitment to student well-being,” she said. “By providing the right resources and support, STCC and UTHSC can empower students to make healthier choices and lead more balanced lives, which, in turn, can contribute to academic success.”
Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-BC, FAAN, FAANP, dean of the UTHSC College of Nursing, said the university is honored to partner with STCC to provide these services. “We know health screenings are essential to detect symptoms of chronic diseases at their earliest stages in order to maximize health and well-being. This clinic will provide easy access for those at STCC to do just that.”
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