Project SHINE Sponsors Health Fair at UC

Exhibition Connects Student Presenters with Local Immigrants

Written By Ami Olson, PR Intern

Fair to take place Wednesday, April 4 in Hubbard Hall


Utica, NY (03/29/2007)
- Project SHINE will host its third annual health fair at Utica College on Wednesday, April 4, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Hubbard Hall. As part of the MetLife Health Literacy Initiative, refugees and immigrants from throughout the area will attend the fair and view presentations given by Utica College students in various health-related fields of study.

The health fair is intended to allow some of the area’s newest and most diverse residents to gain education about their health and local resources, as well as to expose students to a group of area citizens with whom they may not normally encounter. Students will present at the fair as part of a course curriculum.

The event will bring together nearly a hundred immigrants and refugees from the Utica area, as well as 80 Utica College students from different health-related fields of study. Ten volunteers from the Utica MetLife office will also attend the fair.

Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders) is an organization aimed at connecting health care educators and students with older immigrants and refugees, providing valuable experience to students while promoting English literacy and eliminating barriers for elder immigrants. Those attending the fair will be members of local English for Speakers of Other Languages classes.

Transportation for health fair attendants will be provided by Utica College; the event is only open to those who have recently relocated to the U.S. For more information regarding Project SHINE, call 223-2550.

About Utica College – Founded in 1946, Utica College is a comprehensive private institution that grants the Syracuse University baccalaureate degree and the Utica College master’s and doctoral degrees. The College, located in central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls nearly 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 32 undergraduate majors, 24 minors, 13 master’s and two doctoral degree programs.

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