On Sunday, April 6, 2014, the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy kicked off Hofstra’s National Public Health Week by hosting “Healthy From Head to Toe,” a free health fair at the United Healthcare offices in Hempstead, New York.
Hundreds of local residents came to learn how to keep their entire family healthy and enjoyed a day of kids’ activities, cooking demonstrations, health screenings and information sessions given by Hofstra Law students on health care-related legal rights.
“It was very rewarding to be a part of the health fair and provide legal resources that can improve overall quality of health in our community,” said Ada Kozicz 2L. “I also learned a lot from other organizations that participated in the fair.”
More than 30 local organizations, including Hofstra students from the School of Health Sciences and Human Services and the School of Medicine, participated in the event. Hofstra Law students also staffed tables with literature, created by the students, which offered legal advice for women on topics such as domestic violence, abuse, sexual assault and equality.
“If we were able to help one woman, supply additional information to one expectant mother or give hope and support to one person struggling with a health concern — which I hope we succeeded in doing — then I would consider this health fair a tremendous success,” said Diana E. Rivkin 3L.
“I am extremely proud of the wonderful work done by all the law students and students across other disciplines that participated in this health fair, especially the way they applied their knowledge and showed great dedication in helping members of the community,” said Janet L. Dolgin, the Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law and director of the Gitenstein Institute. “The institute is grateful to all of the professionals who donated their time and talents to make the day a success.”
The Gitenstein Institute hopes to make “Healthy From Head to Toe” an annual Hofstra Law event.
All this week, April 6-12, Hofstra University is observing National Public Health Week (NPHW) with events that examine important issues, such as domestic violence, dental care coverage, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, health care reform, radiation safety, and childhood obesity. View the full schedule at hofstra.edu/nphw2014.