Community Outreach: Med Students at Senior Fair

Fourth-year medical student Cynthia Emilie Armand sees a patient at the the 10th District Senior Fair in New Haven on November 30, 2010. (Bruce Gould for UConn Health Center)
Fourth-year medical student Cynthia Emilie Armand sees a patient at the the 10th District Senior Fair in New Haven on November 30, 2010. (Bruce Gould for UConn Health Center)
Fourth-year medical student Cynthia Emilie Armand sees a patient at the the 10th District Senior Fair in New Haven on November 30, 2010. (Bruce Gould/UConn Health Center Photo)
Fourth-year medical student Cynthia Emilie Armand sees a patient. (Bruce Gould/UConn Health Center Photo)

UConn medical students helped provide health care screenings and nutrition information for senior citizens at a community fair in New Haven.

Irina Lisker and Cynthia Emilie Armand, both fourth-year students involved in UConn’s Urban Service Track, staffed a booth at the Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center Wednesday, offering services such as blood pressure screenings and blood glucose tests, as well as advice on nutrition, including new sodium guidelines for older adults.

UConn’s Center for Public Health and Health Policy provided nutrition curriculum and materials. Lisker is interested in nutrition and integrative medicine. Armand is considering a career in neurology. They worked under the supervision of Dr. Bruce Gould, associate dean for primary care and director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center Program.

“As a teacher, it’s always a joy to watch your students in action – competent, professional, and caring,” Gould says. “They were great and our patients, the elders who came to the health fair, were well served.”

State Sen. Toni Harp (D-10th) organized the 10th District Senior Fair.

“State residents have to adjust to so many changes as they get older,” says Harp. “These fairs make available to them a laundry list of ways and means at their disposal with which they can complete this transition and minimize the disruption of those changes.”

Fourth-year medical students Cynthia Emilie Armand (left), Irina Lister, and Dr. Bruce Gould at the 10th District Senior Fair in New Haven on November 30, 2011. (provided by Irina Lisker for UConn Health Center)
UConn medical students Cynthia Emilie Armand (left) and Irina Lisker staffed a health care table with Dr. Bruce Gould (right) at a senior fair in New Haven. (Photo provided by Irina Lisker for UConn Health Center)
State Sen. Toni Harp (second from left) organized the 10th District Senior Fair. (Photo provided by Irina Lisker for UConn Health Center)

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