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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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