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SPEAK brings students to community and community to students

Davenport student and SPEAK specialist Shawn Bladel speaks to a group of medical technologists at Kaplan College in Davenport.
Shawn Bladel speaking in front of classroom

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.

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