The Haywood Community College Student Association of Medical Assistants (SAMA) donated items to Reach of Haywood County, Inc. as part of a community service project earlier this fall. Reach serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Collections for the donation began in the spring.

Buffy Queen, community educator, came on campus to collect the donations. She addressed the students and told them signs to watch for when they begin working with patients in the field. She explained how to detect the red flags and physical signs of abuse. Medical assistants serve as a liaison between busy doctors and their patients, which may allow them the unique position of being a lifeline to someone experiencing abuse. 

While Queen was very appreciative of the donations, the HCC medical assisting students were quick to turn the thanks back to Reach of Haywood County, Inc. for providing this resources to the community.

For more information about HCC’s medical assisting program, please visit haywood.edu or call 828-627-4658.

Photo by Diana Conard. The Haywood Community College Student Association of Medical Assistants (SAMA) recently donated items to Reach of Haywood County, Inc. as part of a community service project. HCC Student Association of Medical Assistants are pictured front row left to right:  Sally Creech, HCC Medical Assisting instructor Larry Davis, Ashlyn Gunter and Reach of Haywood County, Inc. community educator Buffy Queen. Pictured back row left to right are:  Brittney Green, Cody Cutshaw, Jodie Hughes, Briana Mashburn, Amber Knarr, Angie Jones, Michael Morris, Lyndsie Boone, Courtney Mouhourtis and Kelli Carver.