AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title 5th Annual Mount Sinai Community Health Fair
Project type(s) Community Service,Social Event
Date completed 04/2008
Chapter Mount Sinai SOM
Project Coordinator Nathalie Moise
Summary of project Mount Sinai School of Medicine is located in East Harlem, a predominantly Latino community that is home to a disproportionate number of persons who suffer from chronic diseases that, with education and healthcare access, are manageable or even preventable. Thirteen percent of East Harlem adults have diabetes, nearly twice the rate of the city overall. One third of all residents are obese, and 48% report not exercising at all. Through screening stations, health resource tables, and seminars, the Mount Sinai Community Health Fair aims provided an opportunity for community members to take an active role in maintaining and improving their health. Stations screened for: cancers, blood pressure and heart rate, body mass index, glucose, cholesterol, glaucoma, STDs, and numerous other health conditions. Information (in Spanish and English) was distributed about local health services available for childhood asthma and diabetes, domestic violence, services for older adults, health insurance, public program entitlement, nutrition, tobacco cessation, and more. Entertainment consisted of local school step teams, clowns, face painting, a basketball tournament, and a free yoga class. Local vendors participated in a farmers' market. The health fair not only benefited the local community but also gave medical students the opportunity to work with an underserved community, too often ignored by the larger healthcare system.

Content area Community Health
Number of participants 200
Participant hours involved 1200 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost 9050
Project funding Local chapter funds,Medical school funds,AMSA grant,Other grant
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising flyers at schools, churches, community centers, on telephone poles, and around the hospital. hundreds of mailings went out to community leaders informing them of the event. flyers were in both english and spanish.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions Advertising in the appropriate venues is critical. We advertised at local schools, churches, and community centers. We also utilized the help of local organizations to spread the word.

Comments Having local student groups perform at the event was a great way to get families to come to the fair! They came to watch their children dance on the entertainment stage but they ended up getting their blood pressure checked and getting info about local c