Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) recently held its 13th biannual Health Fair on a warm, sunny afternoon that brought hundreds of community members to the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza, where they engaged with a wide range of free services and resources.
Among the highlights were testing for blood pressure, glucose levels and vision, along with breast cancer and dental screenings from Touro College of Dental Medicine.
“One notable new service provided at this year’s fair was access to 25 free mammograms,” said DO student Annika Nungra, who helped coordinate the involvement of the American Italian Cancer Foundation, which provided the screenings.
“It was important for me to have the mammogram bus at the TouroCOM health fair so that we could provide access to breast cancer screening for women in the community and also promote the importance of improving health outcomes through preventive medicine,” she said.
Nungra was one of about 120 TouroCOM medical and master’s students from the Harlem campus working to provide the screenings and services. Visitors were also offered free eyewear from LaFont Paris, and blood pressure and glucose monitors. Information and resources on healthy eating and exercise, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, doula services, osteopathic techniques for sinus and back pain, and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) were also provided.
TouroCOM worked with numerous community partners on the fair. In addition to LaFont Paris, other organizations involved included Mount Sinai Doctors Primary Care, Harlem Grown, All of Us Columbia, the nursing program at Touro’s School of Health Sciences, Iris House, New York City Fire Department, Birth Justice Defenders, Uptown Dermatology, Ryan Health, and Harlem Wellness.