Med Students Remain Reliable Fixture at Albany Community Health Event

A long-running community health event to support medically underserved populations in Albany returned this past weekend. And in keeping with tradition, Albany Medical College medical students were a highly recognizable fixture.

More than 60 med students from the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) volunteered Sept. 10 at the 19th annual Community Block Party at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and S. Swan Street in Albany. Joined by faculty, staff, nursing students, the students focused on topics including oral health, tobacco prevention and cessation, early childhood literacy, first aid/CPR, and exercise. Med students also helped serve free lunches and distribute backpacks loaded with essential school supplies.

The health fair is held annually in collaboration with CDPHP Health Neighborhood and local church, New Jerusalem Home of the Saved.

Theresa M. Weinman, academic coordinator, Department of Family and Community Medicine, said, “For more than a decade, our med students have looked forward to participating in this wonderful event to promote a sense of community and provide easy access to medically underserved adults, children, and families,” said Weinman. “Thanks to our corporate partners Citizen’s Bank and MVP Health Care and their continued program support, we’re able to make Project Medscope a trusted, reliable community health resource.”