LETU nursing students provide free health services at Newgate Mission – Longview News-Journal

Wesley Moore may not like getting poked with a needle, and he has a good time poking fun at his nurses, but a recent program at Newgate Mission means he’s getting health checkups he otherwise wouldn’t be able to get.

“It’s a lifesaver for a lot of us to come through here because, like for me, I don’t have insurance so I just can’t go to the hospital when I want to,” Moore said. “I can’t afford it. For these guys to come in and do this on their free time … it’s great.”

A small group of LeTourneau University nursing students have been participating in a semesterlong project at Newgate Mission to gather data, such as blood pressure and blood sugar levels, so they can come back and identify risk factors, spot trends and figure out how to promote health and wellness with Newgate’s clients. They’re also able to refer clients to a Longview doctor for further treatment, if necessary.

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