Students in the medical assisting program at Santa Barbara Business College’s campuses in Ventura and Santa Barbara volunteered their medical services to the National Kidney Foundation in February 2011, as part of the Foundation’s Kidney Screening Program in Santa Barbara.
The event provided free health screenings to the public, particularly those who have a higher risk for kidney disease. Medical students from SBBCollege volunteered their time to help screen community members, which included height and weight measurements, blood pressure measurements, blood tests and urine tests to assess risks related to kidney disease.
“The free kidney screening was a great gift to the people of our community, especially during these tough times when many people do not have health insurance,” says Vidal, an employee of the County of Santa Barbara. “I took advantage of the free screening because I wanted to find out if I was in good health or if I was at risk. Fortunately my screening results were great! Learning that I am at no risk of diabetes or kidney disease has motivated me to take better care of myself, by eating right and exercising more often.”
With local campuses in Ventura and Santa Barbara, SBBCollege has a long history of working with the local community. The College provides volunteer services and career training to the campus’ surrounding communities.
Founded in 1888, Santa Barbara Business College offers the medical assisting program at their campuses in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Santa Maria, Bakersfield and Rancho Mirage.