Metlife Health Literacy Initiative
The Health Fair is scheduled to take place on Wednesday April 13 2011. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how can you help!
The Health Fair began in the Spring of 2005 as an opportunity to have students enrolled in various health professions courses on campus become invovled in the process of further educating immigrants and refugees about different aspects of the United States health care system. In its initial year students went to the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) to give their presentations.
In an effort to further expose the immigrant and refugee population to the community the Spring 2006 Metlife Health Literacy Initiative Health Fair was held on the Utica College campus. The immigrants and refugees were bused to the Utica College campus where students gave their presentations in the Hubbard Hall section of the academic building.
The Spring 2007 Health Fair was again held on the Utica College campus. This year the shuttle vans from Student Activities were used to transport the immigrants and refugees from BOCES and the MVRCR.
The Role of Metlife...
Metlife funds the Health Literacy Initiative and also provides wonderful volunteers each year for the Health Fair. These volunteers help to lead groups of refugees and immigrants throughout the various presentations. They are always so enthusiastic and helpful. Thank you Metlife!
Below are the images of four thank you letters written by students at the Adult Learning Center housed at the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees who attended the Spring 2007 Health Fair.(Under each picture is the exact text of the letter. To see a larger image, click on the picture.)
The Spring 2007 Health Fair received significant media coverage.
The following Press Release was issued by the college on the 29th of March 2007... http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/news/index.cfm?featureaction=detail&id=1511&archive=1
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
- Project SHINE will host its third annual health fair at
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
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
In a response to the press release, the Utica affiliate for New 10 Now came to campus to get footage for a short news story which was shown on April 4th. The day of the 2007 Health Fair.
Please follow the link to view the news story. http://www.news10now.com/content/all_news/romemohawk_valley/?SecID=87&ArID=100884
Following the Health Fair, two articles, one focusing on Project SHINE (written by Meaghen Clarke) the other focusing on the Health Fair (written by Jonathan Monfiletto) ,appeared on page 6 of the
Thursday, April 12, 2007 edition of the school newspaper,