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P&S Club: Active on Many Community Fronts

The students at P&S continue to contribute to their community by organizing and participating in a multitude of community outreach and service events and programs. Here are some sample activities.

The Columbia Student Medical Outreach Program (CoSMO) has completed its first year. CoSMO, comprised of over 120 medical, public health, social work, and nursing students as well as physicians and administrators from CUMC and NYPH, provides medical care to uninsured community members in Washington Heights. The clinic is open every Saturday and services include complete medical evaluations, free prescription drugs, HIV and STD testing, social work services, and health education.

Students involved in the Black and Latino Student Organization's (BALSO) participate in S.H.O.P. (Salon Health Outreach Project). Participating students work with the Family Medicine Minority Caucus to do community-oriented primary care education in hair and nail salons in Washington Heights.

Starting in January 2006, the Family Medicine Interest Group, with the Harlem YMCA Transitional Housing Program and the Department of Family Medicine at P&S, will debut the Columbia-Harlem Medical Project (CHaMP). CHaMP will provide free comprehensive health care services for the homeless at the Harlem YMCA Transitional Housing Program. For more information see http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/ps/affairs/psclub






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