Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. – February 11, 2014– Continuing Mercy College’s commitment to the Bronx, the College has partnered with the Head Start Sponsoring Board Council of the City of New York, Inc. (HSSBC) to provide health screenings and education through the College’s Mobile Health Vehicle.
Through this partnership, twice a month Mercy College students, faculty and staff will take the College’s Mobile Health Vehicle to the Bathgate section of the Bronx to provide health screenings and education to members of the Sharon Baptist Head Start Program and surrounding Bronx community.
Kick Off of the Mobile Health Van- Head Start
Tuesday February 25, 2014
10 a.m. - 3p.m.
Ribbon Cutting 10:30 a.m.
Sharon Baptist Head Start/ Partners with Parents
1925 Bathgate Ave.
Mercy College’s Physician Assistant Program Director Lorraine Cashin said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Mercy College students to interact with community members by providing essential health services that help facilitate a healthier Bronx. This also provides students with a first-hand understanding and appreciation of the community’s needs.”
HSSBC Director Gwendolyn McEvilley said: “I am ecstatic about the possibilities of what this partnership brings to members of the Head Start community. This is an opportunity for our children, families and staff members to get screenings and referrals, which in turn, contributes to our mission of creating a healthier alternative for all.”
Head Start Programs service low-income children and their families, providing school readiness with a clear and comprehensive focus on cognitive development, social and emotional development as well as health and nutrition. The Mobile Health Vehicle is operated and staffed by Physician Assistant (PA) faculty and PA graduate students. The vehicle is funded by a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Grant.
About Head Start Sponsoring Board Council of the City of New York, Inc. (HSSBC)
Established in 1981, HSSBC is a non-profit membership organization representing 60 agencies operating over 200 Head Start direct service centers throughout the five boroughs. HSSBC is an important resource committed to improving, inspiring and supporting our members through advocacy and leadership development. www.headstartsbc.org
About Mercy College
Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. www.mercy.edu/ 877-MERCY-GO.