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.”