Davenport student and SPEAK specialist Shawn Bladel
speaks to a group of medical technologists at Kaplan
College in Davenport.
The Davenport campus’ Student Patient Education Awareness and Knowledge
(SPEAK) program provides training for students in communication
and leadership skills as well as in MyoVision usage and the S.A.M. bilateral
weight scale and posture unit. After taking part in a training program,
students become SPEAK Specialists, making them eligible to attend health
fairs and provide health talks to community groups and organizations.
“Currently our health talks are tailor-made for our particular audiences,”
says Julie Johnson, D.C., SPEAK faculty adviser. “For instance, we recently
spoke at the Center for Active Seniors, Inc, to a Parkinson’s disease support
group on Parkinson’s, neurology and chiropractic.”
Whether speaking about health to elementary school children or a room full
of business people, SPEAK Specialists are learning to strengthen their patient
bases while in the Palmer clinics and how to be proactive professionals in
preparation for building their own future practices.