High School Students in Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) Program Complete After-School Project on Health Education at Touro College of Pharmacy

Date: December 13, 2010
(Photo Credit: Jennifer Berkley)
(Photo Credit: Jennifer Berkley)
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New York, N.Y. – A group of high school students involved in a Touro College of Pharmacy after-school program with a Harlem educational not-for-profit group recently completed their six-week course designed to educate inner city youth about childhood obesity, diabetes and careers in pharmacy.

Touro College of Pharmacy, in collaboration with The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) program, invited students to attend lectures and participate in hands-on classroom projects. The events were designed to increase student knowledge and understanding of disease prevention and the role pharmacists play in helping patients better manage their health conditions.

Applying the knowledge they have gained in the classroom, HEAF students used an interactive educational computer program that simulates caring for a diabetic dog, as demonstrated in the photograph. In addition, students were assigned a mock patient for whom they were instructed to devise a medication plan and propose potential lifestyle changes, such as diet modifications. On Nov. 22, the students presented their consultations and answered questions from Touro College of Pharmacy faculty.

The HEAF/Touro program aims to help students make better nutritional choices in their own lives and encourages them to maintain healthy lifestyles into adulthood. In keeping with the College of Pharmacy’s mission of increasing educational opportunities in Harlem and surrounding communities, the partnership with HEAF, a non-profit, supplemental education and youth development organization, familiarizes students about careers in pharmacy and teaches them the importance of making health-conscious choices in their everyday lives.