Roseman Students Raise Money and Awareness for Oral Cancer, Diabetes

April 22, 2014

Two different student groups at Roseman University’s South Jordan, Utah campus recently hosted community events to raise money and awareness for local and national causes.

Oral Cancer Awareness Walk/Run 
On April 5 students from the Roseman University College of Dental Medicine hosted the first-ever run/walk for oral cancer awareness in Utah. This event raised more than $4,000 to support the work of the national Oral Cancer Foundation and its efforts to promote life-saving research, patient support and awareness initiatives. In addition to comments from Mayor Alvord, another Utah dentist, Dr. Eric Vogel shared his experience as a cancer survivor with emphasis on the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. More than 100 individuals participated in the Walk/Run, and following the run participants were invited to get oral cancer screenings performed by licensed Utah dentists, face painting for the kids, and Korean BBQ from local food truck favorite CupBop.

“I congratulate all who were involved with this inaugural event and in particular ASDA’s Community Service Committee — DMD students Carlin Cera, Elle Dinh, Jennifer Gee, Krystin Lee, Monica Yeo —  for taking the lead in organizing Roseman’s participation in this important event,” said Dr. Frank Licari, Dean of the Roseman University College of Dental Medicine-South Jordan.

To see photos from the event, check out the Roseman University Dental Clinic Facebook page.

Diabetes 5K & Health Fair
Students from Roseman University College of Pharmacy in South Jordan partnered with University of Utah pharmacy students to present a 5K & Health Fair focused on diabetes education and awareness. Students aimed to promote healthy lifestyle changes for people to manage and prevent diabetes.

The event took place April 12 at Sugarhouse Park, with over 300 participants in the 5K run and 1 mile walk. It began with a pre-run ZUMBA warm up, and once runners were finished they could visit several booths where pharmacy students provided free health screenings for blood glucose, cholesterol, asthma, and blood pressure. Students also organized face painting, sack races, and other fun activities for kids, and the Red Cross was in attendance for a blood drive.

Roseman University’s College of Nursing had a booth where students provided healthy, diabetes-friendly recipes and offered information and activities to teach kids and adults about how diabetes affects your body.

Half of the estimated $10,000 raised will go towards international diabetes outreach and research in Armenia, the other half will be used locally around the state of Utah by student pharmacists at the University of Utah and Roseman University Colleges of Pharmacy to continue to promote diabetes prevention, as well as appropriate measures for management of diabetes, including purchasing diabetic testing supplies, providing materials for diabetes education, and purchase other supplies for some of the co-morbidities associated with diabetes.

“It was exciting to partner with the University of Utah College of Pharmacy and our two state pharmacy organizations, UPhA and USHP, to provide diabetes education and services to members of our local community,” said Whitney Johnston, a second-year pharmacy student at Roseman University who helped coordinate the event.

To see photos from the event, go “like” the Roseman University South Jordan campus Facebook page.