AU Nursing Students and Faculty Participate in Amish Health and Safety Day

AU Nursing Students and Faculty Participate in Amish Health and Safety Day
Ashland University nursing students and faculty who participated in the event included: (back row) Adam Heydinger, Cole Jasinski, Alyssa Coley, Jessica Petroff, Julie Natterer; (middle row) Samantha Green, Johnathan Horst, Melessa Starnes Damoff; and (front row) Courtney Friebel, Marje Silcox, Wesley Kyser and Carrie Grund. Those participating but not pictured were Whitney Hatfield, Diana Gibson and Tiffiny Ellenberger.


9/10/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University nursing students and faculty volunteered at the Amish Health and Safety Day held last month in Ashland, Ohio, at the Hay and Straw Auction Barn. More than 325 Amish were in attendance at this Health and Safety Day.

Throughout the day, local agencies gave presentations on various health and safety related topics such as fire safety, drinking water safety, buggy safety on the highway and gun/hunting safety. Agencies also set up displays and booths where the Amish could learn more about community services as well as health and safety topics.

Ashland University nursing faculty member Marje Silcox organized a team of AU nursing students to volunteer at this event. There were 11 current nursing students, two recent AU nursing graduates and three nursing faculty members on site taking blood pressure and blood sugar tests.

Students and faculty also provided education related to hypertension.

“This was a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the Amish culture and to be engaged with our community and its needs,” Silcox said.

The Ashland University College of Nursing actively participates in various service learning projects in our community as part of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###