“Living Your Best Life” Health Fair, Baylor University Nursing Partners with Austin Street Center

September 14, 2022

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) in partnership with Austin Street Center hosted a “Living Your Best Life” Health Fair on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The health fair was hosted at Austin Street Center for Community Engagement, 1717 Jeffries, St., Dallas, TX 75226.

The event targeted 250 homeless individuals living at Austin Street Center. Clients visited seven different ‘stations’ to learn about different health topics such as hearing and ear care, vision, chronic health conditions, etc. There was also gender specific health sessions to address various topics including breast and testicular as well as sexual health.

“We are so excited to partner with the Baylor University School of Nursing for them to provide vital personal health care information to our clients. Many of our clients face tremendous challenges with health and personal care while struggling with homelessness with little to no access to quality health care,” said Daniel Roby, Chief Executive Officer, Austin Street Center.

“Austin Street Center is an amazing organization that provides such a valuable service to our community,” said Dean Linda Plank, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. “We are happy to partner with them to provide nursing students and faculty to support this worthy event.”

About Austin Street Center
Austin Street Center is a non-profit emergency shelter and day service center providing basic needs for individuals experiencing homelessness. Located in downtown Dallas, Austin Street Center serves men, ages 45 and older, and women, ages 18 and older, with the individual support they need to transition out of homelessness including health, mental health, and spiritual support services, as well as employment and education programs. Working outside the traditional approach to homelessness, Austin Street develops innovative solutions for housing. Serving the community since 1983, Austin Street Center provides hope, dignity, and unconditional support for each person regardless of faith, sexuality, or circumstance.

About Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) located in Dallas, Texas, was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor Scott & White Health’s Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Baccalaureate degrees were granted in 1952, establishing the School among the earliest baccalaureate nursing programs in Texas. In 1999, the School was renamed the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, who made an endowment gift to the School. The LHSON offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees through Traditional, FastBacc® (one-year accelerated) and Distance Accelerated BSN programs. Plus, the LHSON offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with tracks that include Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Executive Nurse Leadership and U.S. Army Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN). The U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings include several LHSON programs, including the DNP program at No. 60 nationally and “Best Nursing” specialty rankings for LHSON’s USAGPAN, which operates at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, at No. 8 nationally, and Baylor’s Nurse-Midwifery program, which is No. 21 in the nation. In addition, U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs ranked the LHSON No. 39. Learn more: www.baylor.edu/nursing