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TEMPLE PARTNERS WITH THE COMMUNITY TO GET KIDS INTERESTED IN HEALTH CAREERS
August 4, 2010
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More than 200 children from area summer camps attended a community health fair Friday to learn ways they can keep themselves — and others — healthy.
Held at the Medical Education and Research Building (MERB), the “Youth Day” fair brought together students from across all of Temple’s health-related disciplines to offer information on healthy choices and careers in the health sciences. Children from the Allegheny West and Norris Kids summer camps took over the first three floors of MERB, rotating between six workshops geared toward healthy and active lifestyles, with topics like music therapy, boxing aerobics, urban farming and food justice, and health education.
The day’s events kicked off with an upbeat music activity session hosted by David Gettes in performance with his son, Jeremy, as the North Trinidad Steel Drum Band. Later, students from the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Pharmacy and the College of Health Professions and Social Work hosted a health professions workshop to encourage the participants to consider a career in the medical field.
Dianne Butera, Associate Director for Student Affairs at the medical school, credited medical students Toyin Erinle, Jane Im, Jeff Shuster, and Ru-Huey Yen; dental students Dana Pfaffle and Chris Cheong; and podiatry student Brandon Bosque for “pouring their heart and souls” into the planning of the event.
“This event represents the culmination of student and community member summer projects through Temple’s Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Community Ambassadors Program and Bridging the Gaps, a city-wide community health internship program,” said Butera. “It also establishes a foundation for future collaborative efforts. It is exciting to participate in a process that brings together many people in a spirit of openness, determination and wonderful creativity.”
The health fair was the result of more than two years of interactions between the university and members of the surrounding neighborhoods, held in an effort to help Temple better serve the North Philadelphia community.
“It’s important for the community to know what services Temple can provide,” said Im, in her second year at the medical school. “We want them to know that we’re not trying to intrude into their neighborhood, but that we do want to be a part of it.”
The event was funded by the Schering-Plough Foundation.
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