On April 1, 2017, at the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas, students and faculty members from Hallmark University’s School of Allied Health performed blood pressure screenings and blood glucose testing at the Convoy of Hope community event.
According to Convoy of Hope’s website, “A Convoy of Hope Event is a united act of compassion that touches families in desperate need. Local churches, businesses, community service, and health organizations partner with us to provide guests with groceries, medical and dental screenings, prayer, haircuts, lunch, veteran services, music, a kid’s carnival, children’s shoes, job and career services, community services, family portraits and more – at no charge to guests. Approximately $1,000,000 worth of goods and services are provided to the 5,000-10,000 Guests of Honor who attend each event.”
Participating faculty members from Hallmark University included Cherie Franks, Michelle Lizana, and Joseph Moore. Hallmark University School of Allied Health students in attendance were Alisha Bowser, Raquel Moreno, Tracy Sanchez, Alicia Wells, and Alyssa Wells. Moore, a lead instructor for Hallmark’s School of Allied Health, said, “This event was a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community, and to provide valuable experience for our students.”
At Convoy of Hope, Hallmark’s School of Allied Health students were able to apply their medical knowledge by providing free healthcare services to members of the San Antonio community. Additionally, Hallmark students experienced a collaborative environment of local organizations uniting behind the purpose of serving others. As stated by Convoy of Hope, “[this event] is just the beginning of a long-lasting movement that has the power to transform people’s lives, inspire compassion and service, and bring people and organizations together like never before.”