Quinnipiac University

Free Health Fair at Keefe Community Center

Starts October 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM (ET)

Ends October 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM (ET)

Five physical therapy students have organized a free health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 at the Keefe Community Center, 11 Pine St.

The fair, to be held in person and virtually, is free and open to the public. It will provide a multitude of preventative services and screenings, educational information for both adults and children, and even COVID vaccinations.

In addition, there will be a mix of vendors tabling and presenting on health topics such as heart health, women’s health, cancer and chronic disease prevention, and nutrition.

“The collaboration between The Keefe Center and Quinnipiac has provided our students an invaluable opportunity to engage with the community,” said Julie Booth, clinical associate professor of physical therapy and associate director of clinical education. “One of the core values of physical therapists is social responsibility. The Keefe Center allows our students to further develop this value while providing health and wellness activities across the lifespan to the community. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful community partner in the Keefe Center.”

The five students who have organized the fair are Annie Dumas of Hopkinton, Massachusetts; Meaghan Scullin of Cumberland, Rhode Island; Julianne Smith of Massapequa, New York; Stephen Valdes of Mahopac, New York; and Reilly Zajac of Ithaca, New York.

Student representatives from Quinnipiac University’s Physical Therapy Club, PT Moves Me and EQUIP Rehabilitation Program will be present as well.

“Organizing the Keefe Center Health Fair has been a humbling and rewarding experience,” Dumas said. “It is our duty as future health care providers to provide educational services to underserved communities in order to better the ones we live in.”

Valdez added, “we’ve gathered a diverse group of vendors and presenters who specialize in various aspects of health and wellness. We hope the fair will help people discover health resources that they may not have known were out there.”

Sculling said the fair “will provide another free and accessible opportunity for us to positively influence the health and wellness of the Hamden community.”

Smith said the capstone project “has given us the opportunity to connect with Hamden community members across the lifespan.”

“We are excited to be able to bring free, accessible health and wellness resources to the Keefe Center in order to open the door for the adoption of positive health behaviors,” she added. “As future health care providers, it is our duty to understand the needs of our patients and help to bridge the gap between health care resources and the community.”

Zajac concluded that “being involved in this project has been a privilege and has given us the tools to better serve our communities as clinicians while solidifying our passion for physical therapy.”

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