Med Students Remain Reliable Fixture at Annual Community Health Event

Albany Medical College students and faculty made a strong showing at a long-running community health event to support medically underserved neighborhoods in Albany.

More than 90 med students from the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG), supported by Project MedSCOPE (Student Community Outreach for Prevention and Education) volunteered at the 20th annual Dr. Pamela J. Harper Community Block Party in Albany, renamed this year in memory of Dr. Harper’s tireless service to the Capital Region community and the New Jerusalem Home of the Saved Church. The free event is hosted annually by CDPHP and the New Jerusalem Home of the Saved Church.

Students educated participants on topics including tobacco prevention and cessation, first aid/CPR, bike and helmet safety, nutrition, and exercise. Students also helped serve free lunches and distribute back packs loaded with essential school supplies.

“Our medical students were out in full force this year to support their community with vital health information. They remain the backbone and heartbeat of this important community event,” said Theresa M. Weinman, academic coordinator in the Department of Family & Community Medicine.