The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Patti LaBelle Host Community Health Fair

On April 17, The Mount Sinai Medical Center partnered with Patti LaBelle to host its seventh-annual, student-run Community Health Fair at the Center for Advanced Medicine.

New York, NY
 – April 21, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

 

On April 17, The Mount Sinai Medical Center held its seventh-annual, student-run Community Health Fair at the Center for Advanced Medicine at 17 East 102 Street from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year Mount Sinai partnered with music legend Patti LaBelle to raise awareness of the importance of good health habits. Ms. LaBelle participated in a blood pressure screening, shared the story of her personal battle with diabetes, and discussed the importance of regular health checkups. Hundreds of people from the community served by Mount Sinai participated in the fair and heard Ms. LaBelle speak.

"Maintaining healthy eating habits, having regular physical exams, and treating existing health conditions are critical to maintaining good health," said David Thomas, MD, Professor of Medicine, and faculty advisor for the event. "We are excited that Patti LaBelle came to the Community Health Fair to inspire the East Harlem community to stay healthy."

The Fair gave people in the East Harlem community the chance to get screened for a wide variety of health conditions. Attendees watched athletic demonstrations, met with doctors and other health professionals from local community centers, and got screened for more than 15 health issues, including glucose levels, blood pressure, behavioral health, and obesity. The program included live entertainment, children’s activities, and a raffle.

According to the New York City Department of Health, East Harlem has 125,000 residents, 50 percent Latino, 40 percent black, six percent white, and four percent other races. Its residents are afflicted with a disproportionate burden of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Though East Harlem houses five major sites for health care, residents have the highest rate of preventable admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions and the highest all-cause death rates in all of New York City.

"Mount Sinai is committed to helping improve the health of our local community, and embraces the opportunity to educate residents about chronic diseases and other health concerns," said Dr. Thomas. "I hope people arm themselves, their family, and their friends with the knowledge they've taken away from the fair so they can lead long, healthy lives."

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants. For more information, please visit www.mountsinai.org.