SB HOME "Working towards Wellness Health Fair"
For the past three years, SB HOME's Annual Health Fair has provided screening tests to a total of 300 uninsured and under-insured people living in Suffolk County. Each year, students from the Stony Brook School of Dentistry have provided dental hygiene screening to both adults and children. Students from the Stony Brook PA Program use peak flow testing to screen for asthma and help patients complete a stroke risk assessment. Students from the School of Medicine provide glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and glaucoma screening while interns from the dietetic training program calculate BMIs and educate participants about healthy eating choices. The peer educators from the School of Medicine also discuss depression and mental health with health fair participants. Additionally, the Suffolk County Department of Health has been available to provide confidential HIV testing. Numerous community health organizations setup informational tables and discuss community resources with participants. After visiting each health screening station, uninsured health fair participants are also given the opportunity to make follow-up appointments at an upcoming SB HOME clinic session.
2010 Stony Brook HOME Health Fair
Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana de Brentwood Fair
In 2010 and 2011, students from Stony Brook's School of Medicine collaborated alongside the leadership of First Presbyterian Church of Brentwood, NY, in a community outreach health fair to help promote healthy lifestyles and provide free health screenings.
Students, ranging from first years to upperclassmen, engaged local community members to talk about their current health and provide information on their current blood pressure, cholesterol level, and blood sugar level. Based on these results, students counseled their impromptu patients on the importance of diet, exercise, adherence to medication, and proper follow-up with their primary care doctors. The Stony Brook Department of Ophthalmology also worked with SB HOME volunteers to perform comprehensive eye exams, including screening for glaucoma. Uninsured health fair participants were provided with follow-up appointments at upcoming SB HOME clinic sessions.
SB HOME Promotions within the Community
SB HOME regularly communicates and collaborates with health advocacy groups and members of the community on upcoming health events. Student volunteers advertise and hand out fliers about the clinic at local stores, community centers, and churches.
2011 Latino Health Initiative of Suffolk County Health Fair
It was a busy day with many other organizations at the event, but SB HOME successfully gave screenings for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol to over a hundred people We met many people without health insurance seeking medical care, and we were happy to help them out and direct them towards our clinic. We find it very important to reach out to the community and to get the word out, since there are so many people that don't have health insurance. Many Stony Brook medical students volunteered today, including our new first years. We had a great time!
2011 Latino Health Initiative of Suffolk County Health Fair Photos