HPC's 3rd Annual Health Fair: A Great Success

The York College Health Promotion Center (HPC) held its 3rd annual Health Fair on April 6, 2011 and it was deemed the most successful.
HPC's 3rd Annual Health Fair: A Great Success

Interns: Andre Lue, Adetoro Ajibose, Renee Esdelle, Angel I. Castillo, Joel Babb, Julia Young, Sara Uwakwe, Tawana Harris and Ebony Huguet-Smith.

The HPC is located in room M305 of the Health & Physical Education building and it is operated under the direction of Dr. Ray Marks; but it is run mostly by student interns. 

The Department of Health and Physical Education/Gerontological Studies at York College strives to assist faculty, students, and members of the neighboring community to achieve lifelong optimal health. The Health Promotion Center stands as a support system for everyone in the York College community. Our Health Fair bridges the gap between health and fitness and brings more awareness to our location. Some of the services offered include: free brochures, pamphlets and articles on various health topics, measuring health risks, program sponsorships, and assistance with research projects.

As part of their program, the interns are required to collaborate with various external health organizations in putting together a health fair. This assignment challenges and prepares each student in areas of effective methods of communication, team work, preparedness and stimulates growth in areas of individual professional development. The goal of this exercise is to prepare the interns for their respective areas of interest after graduation.

The event ran from 10 am to 4 p.m. and serviced approximately 250 students, faculty and community members throughout the course of the day. The interns handed out information on HIV, hypertension, drug abuse, smoking cessation, diabetes, depression, cervical cancer, family planning, nutrition and obesity; while the Aids Center of Queens County (ACQC) conducted HIV testing and student interns did high blood pressure screening. 

This initiative to promote and raise health awareness was made possible by numerous donations, collaborations of various individuals – including the hard work of the Center’s interns. On behalf of the management and staff at the HPC, we would like to acknowledge those whose contributions were instrumental to our success. 

Special thanks to: 

President Marcia V. Keizs, Provost Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, Dean Ronald Thomas, AVP Michel Hodge, Avis Lau-Quan, Donna Grace, Dawn Hewitt, Tishema Jones, VP Dolores Swirin, Tanifsher Smith, Eric Holloman, Timothy Hawkins, Frederick Samuels, Sheryl McBarnett, Jessie Desir, Lily Sukhdeo, and Diana Guardiola. 

Thanks also goes to 311, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Centers for Disease Control, Virginia Breast Cancer Non-profit Organization, Aids Center of Queens County, Child Center of New York, American Diabetes Association, Clergy United for Community Empowerment Inc., Pedometers USA, Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition, and Pirate Brand.

Our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who assisted in one way or the other and we look forward to your continued support. 

Commentary on the Health Fair: 

Dear Ray,

  •  Many thanks to you for organizing such a wonderful and informative event. I was sure to visit every table and speak with the student interns. Although it was late in the day, each of them was smiling and ready to offer advice and information on their respective health issues. This fair was one of the best I’ve seen. It is apparent that a great deal of blood, sweat and tears went into organizing this successful exhibition of student work. Congrats to you and your interns! Best, Nicholas Grosskopf Assistant Professor Health & Phys Ed /Gs Studies 
  • I was extremely impressed! The students did a fabulous job. Theirs and your effort was evident. Everyone involved should be extremely proud. Congratulations on a job well done. My best, Tanya R. Prewitt, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Movement Science
  •  I, along with everyone else write to commend you and your students for representing our Department and the Health Promotion Center with such expertise and professionalism. Another feather in your much feathered cap. Mitchell Brodsky, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Health Education Coordinator: Community Health Education
  •  Your students and you did an amazing job yesterday. This is the best health fair I have attended so far. Organization, appearance and information were all superb. Galila Werber Associate Professor Health & Phys Ed /Gs Studies
  •  I was pleased with the presentations and the overall quality of work. The interns worked very well together. I was proud. Respectfully, Charlene Lane Professor Health & Phys Ed /Gs Studies
  •  Just a note to tell you both how much I enjoyed Wednesday’s Health Fair. The well-prepared, well-attended event was welcoming and informative. I enjoyed speaking with each of the exhibitors about their health topics, materials, and display boards. I appreciated the time and preparation that went into this event. I believe that activities like these build pride and boost morale in our department and major. Thank you. Sincerely, Kimberly Feis Community Health Ed Major

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