Hyden, Ky. – On April 3, 2019, the Courier Program at Frontier Nursing University (FNU) co-hosted the 3rd annual Healthy Futures Fair for Mountain View Elementary (MVE) students and community members in Leslie County, Ky. The event was funded primarily through a grant from the Frontier Nursing Service Foundation.
The fair, co-hosted with Mountain View Elementary School in Leslie County, was held in collaboration with MVE’s Open House and was attended by 168 people, including a dozen volunteers. Participants had the opportunity to meet representatives from health providers in the area, learn about available services, and explore careers in the healthcare industry.
Several healthcare organizations were involved in the event, including: Kentucky River Community Care, Kentucky River District Health, Stinnett Area Community Center, Leslie County Early Head Start, Hazard Community and Technical College, Hospice of the Bluegrass, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, and Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky. Participants received Information about higher education, local healthcare services, stroke screenings, free local daycare services, and FNU’s Summer Courier Program.
Through funding granted by the Frontier Nursing Service Foundation, three scholarships totaling $1,000 will be given to students from this year’s Healthy Futures Fair. An essay contest was open to any Leslie County Schools student interested in pursuing careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Contestants were asked to answer one of four questions in a short essay that focused on the ideas of healthy futures. The scholarship recipients will be featured in a news story next month, so be on the lookout in May!
FNU is proud to serve the Appalachian region through events like the Healthy Futures Fair. By educating students on the healthcare services available to them as well as healthy lifestyle choices early in their young lives, we work towards a healthier future for Appalachia.