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Student research on impact of education on health to be presented at annual forum

Washburn University student Dawna Leck, of Thayer, will join fellow students in the presentation of a group research poster, "The El Centro Community Health Project: The Impact of Education," at The Washburn Apeiron:  A Forum of Student Research, Scholarship and Creativity on Friday, April 18.

Leck is a senior and is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

In the research abstract, the group noted the purpose of this study was to examine the importance of education in a medically under-served area such as the client base of El Centro, a social service organization in Topeka. Twenty-nine people participated in the study which incorporated the use of the School of Nursing's mobile health clinic. The study indicated the majority of the participants were Hispanics who had genuine concerns about their health and were seeking more information, inferring that education alone can have a positive impact on health.

This presentation will fulfill a portion of the Washburn Transformational Experience opportunity, for which Leck must demonstrate excellence in scholarly and creative activity, community service, leadership or international education. The WTE was established to provide baccalaureate students with the opportunity to make a difference to others or society through enhanced learning designed to complement traditional college studies.

The Apeiron allows students from all disciplines to present their work in an environment that closely resembles the professional conferences and performance venues of their chosen area of study.  Seventy-one students are participating in the forum and entries include poster presentations, oral presentations, exhibitions and performances. To learn more, please visit  


Dena Anson, university relations, 785.670.1711