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The Sophie Davis Health Fair
The Sophie Davis Health Fair was held on Saturday, May 9. Held on a plaza outside the main academic building at City College, the fair was very well received, as over 50 students volunteered and assisted over 150 community members. Without the generous support from Alpha Omega Alpha, the fair would not have been such a resounding success.
The health fair was set up for patients to get their BMI, blood pressure, and blood glucose from Sophie Davis students, as well as information from a booth operated by the American Diabetes Association, face painting for children, and a talk with a community physician, Dr. Maria Molina. Each station also had various brochures specific to that station, including healthier dieting, implications of high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Many of these brochures were actually made, edited, and translated into Spanish by Sophie Davis students, and some were adopted from other institutions. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provided Take Care New York Health Passports, in English and Spanish, in which patients could record all of their vital statistics, including blood pressure, cholesterol, vaccination and medication history, etc. All brochures were made available in Spanish and English, where possible. There were giveaways at the fair, including water bottles, pedometers, pill holder key chains, fruits and vegetables, and Metrocards.
The community thoroughly enjoyed attending the fair, and is asking for more events like these. Some patients saw fliers at McDonalds and were compelled to come to the fair, and called up their friends encouraging them to stop by. While on the surface the fair ran smoothly, we noted many areas for improvement for future health fairs. Among these were having more Spanish speaking students to translate for patients, having better community outreach by simply canvassing the neighborhood by foot, and more incentives to come. That ranged from having more Metrocards, to having more services, like HIV testing and smoking cessation program information. There are a great number of people to whom we owe our thanks for helping make this fair a success, including, but certainly not limited to, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Honor Society; Dr. Stanford Roman, Jr., Dean Emeritus of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education; Dr. Donald Kollisch, Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs; Dr. Dani Mcbeth, Associate Dean for Student Affairs; Mr. George Kaler, Associate Dean for Administration; Mr. Robert McDonald, Director of Housing and Student Activities; Ms. Yvonne Kilpatrick, Director of Department Administration and Community Liaison, Community Health and Social Medicine; and Dr. Darwin Deen, Medical Professor, Community Health and Social Medicine.
The Sophie Davis Student Government would like to especially thank the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for their support in holding our first ever health fair. With your generous support, we hope to make this an annual event, one certainly warmly received by the Harlem community.
Updated on January 14, 2010.
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