Women learn about health and disease

Maggie Eubanks

Pharmacy students educated women on different diseases and the importance of staying healthy last Tuesday. 

During the Women’s Health Fair, ULM’s Kappa Epsilon set up boards outside the HUB to inform women on different subjects regarding their health. Some of these topics included mental health, ovarian and cervical cancer and STDs. 

Each person that came by was greeted with informative pamphlets, puzzles, candy and free condoms. The event gave women the opportunity to learn how they are affected by diseases in their everyday life and what they can do to prevent them.

Emily-Kate Perrin, a member of Kappa Epsilon and graduate pharmacy student, said it was important to the organization to let women know about the different diseases that can affect them.

“One of KE’s initiatives is to educate on women’s health, and we thought the best way to do that would be to come on the main campus,” said Perrin. 

Informing women of the health issues that affect them can be vitally important in saving a life. According to the Cleveland Clinic, early detection is the key to treating breast and ovarian cancer. Through the information given at these events, women know the signs to detect these diseases early.

Another important topic KE students educated women on is sexually transmitted diseases. STDs can be very serious for women when they are left untreated. While this can be a taboo topic, graduate pharmacy student Tiona Harris says it’s important to talk about.

“I feel like it was important for everyone to know their status,” Harris said. “It should be normalized that people go get tested.” 

Another graduate pharmacy student Jomecia Honeycutt echoed these sentiments and said it’s important for everyone to know how they can be affected by STDs. 

“We wanted to remind women that they’re not alone and there are resources and many people that share the same status as them,” Honeycutt said. 

Free STD tests are offered to students at the Affinity Clinic on campus.

The Women’s Health Fair was fun for everyone. Conversations were started about how to keep women healthy and create a safe place for everyone to stay in good shape.