A promise to help

Pacific students provided health screenings and oral exams to those in need during the annual Project Homeless Connect in January. Photo by Parrish Evans

Students and faculty from the College of Health Professions join local service agencies in providing care for the homeless and underserved during the annual Project Homeless Connect. 

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Parking lots overflowed and hundreds of people lined the hallways of Sonrise Church in Hillsboro, Ore., waiting for health screenings or a chance to talk with volunteers.

The fifth annual Project Homeless Connect in January paired those in need with an array of free health screenings and other information.

Tucked in a back room of the church, students in Pacific University’s School of Physician Assistant Studies and the School of Dental Health Science completed basic health screenings and oral exams.

The experience, said dental hygiene student Monica Smith, was all about “leaving the patients with a good feeling, knowing that they are going to be helped.”