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Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Fifth Annual Community Health Fair
The 5th Annual Community Health Fair, organized by Mount Sinai School of Medicine medical students, was held on April 5th, 2008 from 11am-4pm at 102nd street and Madison Avenue and drew over 450 community residents. The coordinators planned the fair for nearly a year with the goals of fostering close relationships with East Harlem organizations and community members and targeting the health concerns unique to East Harlem. The fair was sponsored by Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board- Young Women's Division, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Community Relations, Center for Multicultural Community Affairs, The Mount Sinai Alumni Association, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Student Council, SNMA, AMSA and Community Board 11. The main draw for community residents was the free screenings provided by Sinai and community health professionals, which included Alzheimer's, hearing, depression, PTSD, kidney disease, cholesterol, glucose/blood pressure, glaucoma, Hepatitis C, HIV, asthma, BMI, and pediatric screenings (BMI, literacy, development, and asthma). More than 150 adults and 60 children were screened, each of whom received exit interviews with Sinai medical doctors.
Other health fair components included health information/resource tables, featuring community health organizations, more than 25 performances by East Harlem residents and student groups, healthy living seminars, such as yoga, mediation, and mental health/stress solutions, a cooking demonstration, and a basketball tournament. Free raffles and healthy snacks were distributed throughout the day. In collaboration with NY Blood Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center, a two-day blood drive was held, registering 178 new donors. Each donor received free Mets tickets. During the week preceding the fair, Sinai students and nutritionists provided health lessons to over 350 middle school students in public schools without formal nutrition courses.
Last Updated: 8/27/09
Updated on October 25, 2013.
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