The purpose of the PHSA is to serve as the bridge between the Public Health majors and other Columbia College students mutually interested in engaging and educating the surrounding community about public health issues.
Anyone from any major is welcome.
Throughout the year, we offer cooking classes, community walks, and a Christmas Tree program through Palmetto Health.
We also encourage the healthy eating and exercise.
Also, we aim to raise awareness about how everyday life factors into your health.
As stated above we aim to educate our community, Eau Claire.
The Eau Claire area has high rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, emergency room use and hospitalization, as well as the highest rate of diabetes-related amputations in the United States. With more than 45,000 residents, one in three is uninsured. Those 15,000 uninsured residents – with limited or no access to primary care – incur millions of dollars in health care costs.
We work with the Public Health majors to use connections through Drew Wellness Center, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, Local Hospitals, Local, State, and National Public Health Organizations.