YSPH students team up for community health fair on Wednesday, March 13th

Our own Mikhail Higgins is featured in a great story on the YSPH website for his work with founding the Yale Health Initiation Taskforce (YHIT). They will be co–host their first collaborative health fair with the Hill Health Center on Wednesday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Augusta Lewis Troup School (259 Edgewood Ave). Way to go!

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Students Team Up for Community Health Fair

Mikhail CSS Higgins, MPH student
M.P.H. student Mikhail C.S.S. Higgins is a co–founder of the Yale Health Initiation Taskforce.

On the heels of a successful health fair targeting members of the Church Street South residential community, students from the Yale Health Initiation Taskforce (YHIT) will team up with the Hill Health Center to organize a health fair for local schoolchildren.
This is the second in a series of health fairs and community outreach efforts organized and run by Yale University student volunteers through the taskforce. The goal is to foster working relationships between Yale students and New Haven neighborhoods, whose access to medical screening, health education and social services is often limited. To do this, YHIT aims to bring vital health services to the communities that most need them.
Building upon this theme, YHIT and the Hill Health Center (HHC) will co–host their first collaborative health fair on Wednesday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Augusta Lewis Troup School. The school is located at 259 Edgewood Ave.
In addition to the 500 students that YHIT and HHC will be serving at the school, members of the local Parents Teachers Association and nearby churches have been invited. While these groups are the focus of the event, all services provided by the fair are free and open to the public and no appointments are necessary.
Services include screenings for a host of common health problems for both adults and children; educational counseling on nutrition and the management of various medical illnesses; dental consultations; interactive displays on poison control; sessions on injury prevention; and advocacy and social service resources (including counseling on medical debt and education on private and public health care assistance programs).
The event also will include tours of an ambulance and interactive demonstrations by the New Haven Fire Department who will use a smoke wagon to demonstrate the proper response during a fire. There will be other entertainment planned for attendees, prize raffle drawings and light refreshments.
The student–run health fair program was started by Mikhail C.S.S. Higgins, a student in the M.P.H. program at the Yale School of Public Health, and C. Brandon Ogbunugafor, an M.D., Ph.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine The project development team that coordinates YHIT’s events consists of students from Yale School of Nursing Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health and Yale College.

For further information, contact Higgins at mikhail.higgins@yale.edu

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