Harrison HSTA Hosts Health Fair for Community Health

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Two students from Robert C. Byrd High School helped organize a health fair Saturday at the Kelly Miller Community Center in Clarksburg.

The fair came about because the Mon-Marion Academy of Health Sciences and Technology (HSTA) recently added Harrison County to its region, creating the Harrison HSTA.

HSTA asks high school students in each county to collect resident health data, which the students then analyze to get a sense of the health of their county.

Sherri James gets her finger pricked to measure her A1C. (Image WBOY)

For Saturday’s event, students were collecting blood pressure and A1C, or average blood sugar levels over a three-month period, by a student from the WVU School of Nursing, who volunteered his time.

“They knew people from their high school who were struggling with diabetes. So they were really immediately on board and so willing to jump in. They did some background research using the CDC and different resources like that. So they really got going, and it’s just a beautiful thing to see,” said Misty Harris, HSTA Community Research Associate.

“I think it’s always a great opportunity to have young people in the building doing something productive that will translate into a prosperous future,” said Sherri James, Director of Programs at Kelly Miller Community Building.

The two RCB students will hold a research symposium on their findings at the Kelly Miller Community Center on May 7.

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