Medical Assistant students from Minnesota School of Business in Blaine provided free blood pressure checks and educational materials for guests at the YMCA in Lino Lakes. This opportunity gave students experience checking blood pressures and communicating with a variety of individuals from the community, something they will do daily as medical assistants.
This activity was completed as the service learning project for the class, Patient Care Sciences I, instructed by Amanda Uphoff. Two tables were set up near the entrance of the YMCA, and students greeted guests and offered blood pressure checks. Students also spoke with guests about healthy blood pressure levels, and provided brochures and other reading materials.
According to Amanda, this experience was valuable for the students. “Checking blood pressures is a really important part of a medical assistant’s job. The students seemed to like it, and everyone at the YMCA was very helpful.”
Terry Smith, a student in the Patient Care Sciences I class, said that this experience related well with what she’s learning in the classroom. “We were able to tell YMCA members and guests how important blood pressure is for a part of their health, and to have it checked.”
The YMCA is a fitness center focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The organization promotes healthy living in men, women, and children. There are several YMCA locations in the Greater Twin Cities Community.