Medical humanities students give Christmas gift to children at local health clinic

Students in Baylor’s medical humanities program recently held a successful children’s book drive on campus. During the drive, students, faculty and staff donated a large number of children’s books, and on Friday, Dec. 13, Dr. Lauren Barron, assistant director of the Baylor medical humanities program, and two students delivered a huge basketful of books to the Martin Luther King Community Clinic on MLK Boulevard in East Waco.

Barron, who is a practicing specialist in family medicine and sees patients at the clinic, said that the donated books will fill a great need.

“Many of our patients must come in with their young children, and it’s sometimes a challenge to keep the kids busy while mom is being examined or having tests run,” Barron said. “Being able to provide books for the children to read will keep them entertained and make our time with patients even better.”

The books will also be a blessing to children whose families cannot afford new books.

“In the past, when children were reading one of the books we had available, they sometimes wanted to take the books home with them,” Barron said. “Because of the limited supply we had available, we had to tell them to leave the books here. Now, we have enough books so that when we have a child who wants to take a book home, we can make that happen and still have enough books to use in the clinic. This will hopefully allow us to put books in homes where children can really enjoy them.”

Baylor public relations students have been helping the medical humanities program with its marketing and special events, and two students brought the basket of books from campus to the clinic Friday — Kate King, a junior marketing major from Carrollton, and Kathryn Worrall, a junior journalism, public relations and new media major from Roswell, N.M.

In a similar campus book drive this month, students in Baylor’s chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the National Health Pre-professional Honor Society, collected more than 1,000 children’s books and donated them to the South 18th Community Clinic on Gurley Lane.

Both the MLK Community Clinic and South 18th Clinic are branches of Waco’s Family Health Center.

PERSONS IN PHOTO AT THE MLK CLINIC (L to R): Andrea Coronado, certified nursing assistant; Dr. Lauren Barron, family physician and assistant director of Baylor’s medical humanities program; Yurida Sanchez, LVN; Stacy Fagan, LVN; Kate King, Baylor student; Brenda Gomez, front office clerk; Kathryn Worrall, Baylor student; Melinda Garza, LVN; Kate Siems, physician assistant.

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