Pharmacy Students Go One-on-One at Riverbank State Park Fair

Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, Bone Density Screenings Provided to Hundreds at Housing Authority Event

October 02, 2013

Organized by the New York City Housing Authority, the event was the NYCHA’s 9th Annual Senior Benefit and Entitlement Fair.  The occasion was geared toward providing the approximately 2,200 attendees from throughout the five boroughs with health information, screenings, nutrition counseling, exercises and a chance to enroll in entitlement programs.

“We started at 10 and were there until 3:30,” said Shana J. Young, CPhT, practice experience program director at Touro College of Pharmacy, who helped coordinate the event.  “The hottest station, where people were lined up and waiting for hours, was bone density scanning.  The majority were women. The scans are not readily available to everybody or many people don’t know about them.  Also, they are expensive.”

Using a heel scanner, the Touro volunteers measured bone density for osteopenia or osteoporosis, and afterwards explained the meaning of the scores.  “We did 73 scans in five hours,” said Ms. Young, who estimated at the end of the day, the cost of all the screening and counseling services provided by Touro amounted to $22,400.

"Most pharmacies don’t have the time or staff to sit down with every patient and go over all of their medications,” Ms. Young added. “This was a great opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with a pharmacist or pharmacy student to talk about side effects and interactions of medications, and nutritional supplements as well.”