Students and faculty from the School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy recently volunteered to assist with the fifth annual Project Homeless Connect. Nearly 20 nursing students participated in the event, assisting with health screenings provided by the Mental Health Cooperative, a clinical partner of Belmont University School of Nursing. Twenty-five student volunteers from Belmont’s chapters of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Academy of Student Pharmacists provided blood pressure, heart rate and Body Mass Index screenings for 60 people. Adjunct faculty Joyce Alexander and Diane Maynard also volunteered their time.
Sponsored by the Metropolitan Nashville Homelessness Commission, the one-day, one-stop event included access to a broad range of services, including medical and foot care, housing opportunities, legal services, employment assistance, pet care, food, toiletries. More than 5,100 people have been helped since Project Homeless Connect started in Nashville in 2008.