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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 93

Undergraduate medical school health fair hepatitis screenings: Utilizing non-profit community organizations


1 Department of Family Medicine, Lifelong Medical Care, Richmond, CA, NY, USA
2 Department of Primary Care, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY, USA
3 Department of Anatomy, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY, USA
4 Department of Pathology, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA, USA

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Justin Chin
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_68_20

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Background: Undergraduate medical schools serve a critical role in providing screenings to medically underserved populations through the use of health fairs. Non-profit community organizations (NPCO) often participate by providing local credibility, administrative resources, and technical knowledge. Here we present a three-year narrative of hepatitis B and C screening efforts to highlight the challenges and benefits of undergraduate medical school and NPCO partnerships. Methods: Hepatitis screenings were conducted at biannual health fairs in Harlem, New York from 2017 to 2019. Meeting minutes from post-event debriefings were analyzed to identify any overarching themes with NPCOs. Results: NPCOs share a common goal in working with the community to advance their access to medical care and treatment. Communication and prompt follow-up are critical to maintaining expectations between NPCOs and health fair organizers. Conclusions: NPCOs can play an important role in encouraging, outreaching, and even managing hepatitis screening initiatives in conjunction with medical school health fairs.


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