Student Corner: Community Health Day

The Baylor College of Medicine Community Health Day was held this February at La Nueva Casa de Amigos. The event is an initiative organized by first-year medical students to provide important health information and services to the Houston community.

The planning committee for this year’s event included Rohan Shah, Colin Rog, Allison Sellner, Megan Abbot and Elizabeth Cook. Volunteers included students from Baylor, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Rice University and the University of Houston College of Optometry, with a total of 80 students in attendance.

“As first year medical students, we don’t get a lot of opportunities to directly impact the lives of those in our community,” said Baylor medical student Rohan M. Shah. “The BCM Community Health Day served as the perfect platform of collaboration between various TMC institutions and Harris Health, while allowing our class to give back to the community that has supported our professional and personal growth.”

Students provided information on CPR and first aid, cancer and preventative health, yoga and flexibility, stress management, substance abuse, child health, stroke awareness and prevention, mental health, disability awareness, teen health, HIV/STD awareness, vaccines and flu shots through the Texas Children’s Hospital Mobile Clinic and CHIP. Students also demonstrated the Intoxicated Driving Simulator at the Community Health Day.

“My favorite part of community health day was seeing the community participate in the fair. From the teens and kids using the drunk driving simulator to the adults getting their blood pressure and blood glucose checked, I think the day provided great services and got people excited about their own health,” said Baylor medical student Megan Abbot.