New York Medical College

School of Health Sciences and Practice

Community Connection

DPT Community Health and Wellness Service Project


DPT Community Health and Wellness ProjectD.P.T. students hit the pavement running to provide screenings and educational materials to the local community. The Community Health and Wellness Service Project, a year long venture of 11 members of the D.P.T. Class of 2015 in the School of Health Sciences and Practice, aimed to plan and carry out a set of health and wellness activities to increase the awareness of people in health and wellness. This year students provided blood pressure, heart rate and body mass index (BMI) screenings, proper ergonomic instructions and flexibility, strength and posture evaluations and backpack safety training for 127 participants.

DPT Community Health and Wellness ProjectThey offered screenings to the College community during National Public Health Week in April and during National Physical Therapy month in October. They teamed up with medical students at a health fair at a local warehouse club and offered screenings at the Palisades Mall and to walkers at the Hudson Valley American Heart Association Heart Walk. Students were also on hand at the Race for Rehab, a 5K and 10K race organized by D.P.T. students to benefit Achilles International, an organization that promotes the participation of athletes with disabilities in mainstream athletic events.

Other beneficiaries of the student activities were 32  four- and five-year olds who received backpack safety training at a local YMCA camp. They were taught how to properly load, lift and wear a backpack and had some fun along the way with the D.P.T. students.

DPT Community Health and Wellness Project“In addition to being able to gaining experience and being able to practice their communication skills, students are always appreciative of being exposed to different populations who may someday be their patients,” said community health and wellness service project faculty advisor Susan Ronan, P.T., D.P.T., assistant professor of clinical physical therapy.

This year’s Community Health and Wellness Service Project was carried out by Erin Bingham, Clark Brainerd, Jennifer Donenberg, Maral Javadifar, Jonathan Kim, Valerie Levesque, Luke Mountz, Shani Mushkat, Ethan Sedman, Samantha Stadt and Monique Verastegui.


Page updated: March 31, 2014