Celebrating Our Collective Impact

On Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, just two days after Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., was announced as the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), the campus opened its doors to hundreds of families and children for a ‘Community Engagement Day.’ The day was conceptualized to collaborate with the community to serve community through a variety of activities such as health screenings, fitness classes, and public forums on women’s empowerment and leadership. Four years later, the day continues to honor our mission to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities and address primary health care through programs in education, research, and service.

Community Engagement Day 2018

This year’s Community Engagement Day was held on Saturday, October 20, 2018. MSM partnered with the Villages at Carver Family YMCA to host nearly 400 community members and a wide range of community organizations as exhibitors of services and resources related to health, education, finances, neighborhood environment, and social support services.

  • Over 42 exhibitors participated in Community Engagement Day 2018, with a turnout of nearly 400 community members
  • Nearly 400 community members attended Community Engagement Day at the Villages at Carver Family YMCA
  • The South Atlanta Fresh Market booth, led by Pamela Cooper, Manager of Recruitment and Retention Core, Clinical Research Center at MSM provides free fresh vegetables and fruit baskets to guest of Community Engagement Day
  • Bearings Bike Shop speaks with Community Engagement Day guests
  • Youth from the Villages at Carver neighborhood register for Community Engagement Day 2018
  • Author, Tanisha Hall, exhibits her book titled, Breath, discussing her journey to cope with grief after becoming a millennial widow
  • Georgia CAN provides information on how communities can take action to support changes needed to address issues facing Georgia’s kids
  • Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center exhibits educational information
  • The Suburban Black Ladies League exhibits educational information on menopause, hormones, and stress management
  • Care Source exhibits to provide information about Medicaid to Community Engagement Day guest
  • Jarrod Lockhart, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Academy and Pipeline Initiatives, Office for Educational Outreach and Health Careers facilitates S.T.E.A.M. activities with youth and provides information on MSM’s pipeline programs
  • Atlanta BeltLine provides information on new trail expansions

In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Susan G. Komen Sisters of Promise and Sisters by Choice were key partners who provided educational resources and free mammograms to increase early breast cancer detection in an effort to improve survival outcomes for African Americans in Greater Atlanta.

Did you Know? Breast cancer is the second-most common cause of cancer-related death, after lung cancer among African American women. Learn more about two important factors that could contribute to a higher mortality rate in African-American women.
  • Sister by Choice mobile clinic, founded by native Georgian, Dr. Rogsbert F. Phillips-Reed, provided free mammograms to women over 40 without health insurance
  • Sister by Choice mobile clinic, founded by native Georgian, Dr. Rogsbert F. Phillips-Reed, provided free mammograms to women over 40 without health insurance
  • Tamara Susan Nash, Mission Director, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta provided education resources on breast cancer risk
  • (Center) Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine and members of MSM executive leadership team thanks Susan G. Komen, YMCA and the Suburban Black Ladies League for their partnership

In recognition of October also being American Pharmacists Month, we partnered with the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) who spearheaded a collaborative effort among Peachtree Pharmacy, Young Life Pharmacy, Healing Our Village Pharmacy, and Total Pharmacy to provide Community Engagement Day attendees with free flu shots. 

  • Jarrod Lockhart, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Academy and Pipeline Initiatives, Office for Educational Outreach and Health Careers facilitates S.T.E.A.M. activities with youth
  • Morehouse School of Medicine All of Us Research Program team shares information on precision medicine
  • Morehouse School of Medicine Doctor of Medicine Candidate (C’21) Kameron D. Robinson and Andre Harvey, scholar provide flu shots
  • Morehouse School of Medicine student-run H.E.A.L clinic provided flu shots, blood pressure and glucose checks
  • The You Can Win Foundation provided diabetes education information
  • Mercer University medical students provide blood pressure and glucose checks
  • Morehouse Healthcare staff provide flu shots
  • Mercer University College of Pharmacy provided blood pressure screenings and glucose checks

Additional partners such as the MSM H.E.A.L Clinic, Community Advanced Practice Nurses (CAPN), Inc. , Aniz, Inc., Mercer University College of Pharmacy and many others offered blood pressure screenings, glucose checks, HIV testing, and body mass index screenings.

  • (L-R) Adrianne Proeller (MSM), Dr. Natalie Hernandez (MSM), Ms. Anne Phillips (Living Wills Workshop), Ms. Park Cannon (GA House of Representatives), Ms. Felisha Moore (Atlanta City Council), and Dr. Tabia Akintobi (MSM)

The day also featured special guest such as Felicia  A.  Moore, President of the Atlanta City Council and Park Cannon, Member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the 58th district. They spoke to guest and exhibitor organizations about the importance of collaborative efforts to meet community needs.

Our Collective Impact

Community Engagement Day continues to be a reminder that through collective impact we continue to walk the path towards achieving our vision of leading the creation and advancement of health equity.

  • 68 Blood Pressure Screenings
  • 50 Body Mass Index Checks
  • 60 Flu Shots
  • 68 Glucose Screenings
  • 23 HIV Tests and Counseling Sessions
  • 20 Breast Cancer Screenings (Mammograms)

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