This article is reposted from Fresno State News, as written by Lisa Boyles Bell.
Fresno State’s College of Health and Human Services admitted more than 800 pre-health first-time freshmen for fall 2021. Some will become nurses, many staying in the Valley; others will find alternate avenues to help fill the health care provider shortage.
One vehicle the college uses to set these students on the road to success is the Fresno State Mobile Health Unit. Through the Mobile Health Unit, students gain personal experience delivering basic health services to the surrounding community, including the unhoused and residents of rural areas.
Earlier this year, nursing students helped administer more than 8,000 COVID-19 vaccines to farmworkers and other community members.
Representatives from Chevron visited the Fresno State campus on a recent summer day, seeing firsthand how gifts from the company have powered student opportunities, including a new 12-seat van that will allow students from throughout the college the opportunity to travel to where the Mobile Health Unit is, but also experience other experiential learning opportunities throughout the Valley.
“The opportunity to get out into the community is critical,” said Dr. Denise Seabert, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “The van will provide transportation for our students so they can continue to volunteer with the Mobile Health Unit, but also travel to other areas that expose them to vital hands-on learning and research experiences, better preparing them to serve the health care needs of our region and beyond.”
With its most recent gift of $350,000, Chevron has given more than $2 million to Fresno State programs in the past five years, including the Mobile Health Unit. Chevron representatives formalized this year’s gift with a ceremonial check presentation on campus today, near the Fresno State Veterans Monument.