08/25/12 More Than A Walk In the Park

August 25, 2012

Students from the Medical Assistant Program, one of the Allied Health Programs at Sanford-Brown Institute spent the afternoon at Eisenhower Park participating in NY Call, an outdoor community empowerment fair. They provided blood pressure screening, followed by free medical advice from physicians who volunteered their services for the day with Close the Gap.
 

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More Than a Walk in the Park:
SBI-Garden City Students Participate in “Close the Gap” at Eisenhower Park

East Meadow, N.Y. August 25, 2012 - Students from the Medical Assistant Program, one of the Allied Health Programs at Sanford-Brown Institute spent the afternoon at Eisenhower Park participating in NY Call, an outdoor community empowerment fair. They provided blood pressure screening, followed by free medical advice from physicians who volunteered their services for the day with Close the Gap.
 
“Close the Gap,” is a Boston Scientific health equity initiatives whose mission is to eliminate disparities in care for women and ethnic minorities and provide equitable access to care.  Close the Gap’s goal is to provide education about health disparities to health care professionals and to educate patients about the risk factors.

 “The call for volunteers to offer blood pressure screening came through SBI’s NYC campus, and and we knew it was a great opportunity to give our students real world, on the job training,” said Lisa Strahs-Lorenc, Director of Community and Alumni Outreach at Sanford-Brown Institute-Garden City. “With very short notice, these students volunteered their time and expertise to give back to the community.”

After only a couple of hours, three students and their instructor Ms. Deborah Artis screened almost 90 individuals.  It was a chance to practice professionalism, interacting positively with the participants, and demonstrating their skills and knowledge from their coursework in the Medical Assisting Program. 

Students saw first-hand the potential life-saving impact their work can have on community members.  One woman, who didn’t take her blood pressure medication in the morning, had high blood pressure numbers that resulted in a medical consultation with the physicians who counseled her on taking her medication. 

“We’re so grateful for the Sanford-Brown students who were professional, knowledgeable and friendly to all those they screened,” said Torrie Kuwana, the Field Manager of Close the Gap. “We look forward to additional events that offer mutual benefits for both organizations.” 

About Sanford-Brown
Sanford-Brown Colleges and Institutes provide quality, hands-on training for students who are passionate about the healthcare industry and offer them the support and resources to advance personally and professionally. Sanford-Brown is a career training and non-degree and degree-granting institution. Programs vary by location.  Sanford-Brown Colleges and Institutes are part of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. All Sanford-Brown Colleges and Institutes are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).  SBI – Wilkins Township and Pittsburgh are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and also by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Sanford-Brown cannot guarantee employment or salary.  Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.sanfordbrown.edu/disclosure.  For more information about the Sanford-Brown schools please visit http://www.sanfordbrown.edu/.
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