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Iscol Summer Scholars help organize Brooklyn health fair

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Iscol Scholars Ovais Tahir and David Cheng

Iscol Scholars Ovais Tahir and David Cheng

This summer the Iscol Summer Scholars, participants in the Cornell Urban Semester Summer in NYC, hosted a health fair, Take Control of Your Health,  in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Over 200 attending families received health tests including blood pressure, cholesterol and asthma screenings, BMI measurements, and got information on colon and breast cancer. In addition to health tests, families were able to meet privately with a medical doctor to review their health status and receive recommendations for healthier living.

Along with 60 Urban Semester students, the four Iscol Scholars (Deanna Blansky, David Cheng, Jessica Park, and Ovais Tahir) planned the health fair, with tasks ranging from coordinating staffing, supplying food and decorations, meeting with Woodhull Medical Center staff to discuss what medical services and information would be offered, and setting up and supervising the event. Spanish-speaking students helped publicized the health fair by speaking about the health fair at the host church in the preceding weeks.

The health fair was made possible through the collaboration of the Urban Semester Program, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, and the St. Joseph Patron church.

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BCTR in the Fall ’12 issue of HE magazine

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The newly-published issue of Human Ecology Magazine focuses on the ways the college supports diverse populations in communities. The work of the BCTR and BCTR projects is featured throughout the issue:

p. 2: New York State 4-H's Eat4-Health Program

p. 3: Iscol Family Program students hold health fair in Brooklyn

p. 10: BCTR Innovative Pilot Grant recipients Anthony Burrow and Janis Whitlock discuss interventions that help teens transition to adulthood

p. 27: The Military Project's programs supporting military families
The magazine can be viewed online here.

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Iscol Scholars hold health fair in Brooklyn

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Aaron Oswald (A&S), Said Israilov (CHE), Juhi Purswani(CHE), Diana Cheung (CHE), Luz Aceves (CHE-HD ‘12)

Saturday, July 28 the Iscol summer Scholars who are in the Cornell Urban Semester Summer in NYC held a health fair at Nuestros Ninos in Brooklyn as part of their public service mission. The fair included (among other things) opportunities for exercise and healthy snacks for kids and parents, screening for hypertension and hyperglycemia, and information about dental hygine, asthma, and diabetes. One of the main focuses of the fair was to better connect Woodhull Medical Center with the Latino community in North Brooklyn.

They were able to screen over 70 community members for blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure. The dental screenings and asthma peak flow tests were equally successful with the children and adults who came to the event. Several people who had borderline/high test values were referred to the clinic for follow up appointments. One patient was even directed to go to the ER for her extremely high BP. Councilwoman Diana Reyna and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez also came to get themselves checked up!

The Zumba and yoga instructors were both very popular with the crowd, as were the artists who came in from Woodhull Medical Center to do facepainting and crafts. The jump rope and hula hoop competition was also a hit with every child going home with a hula hoop and jump rope.

Cornell Chronicle article on the event.

 

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