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Nurse Practitioner Group Ends 2022 with Largest Health Fair Yet

ColumbiaDoctors Nurse Practitioner Group and Columbia Primary Care conducted free health screenings, delivered vaccinations, and offered information on providers and services at the Care Connection Health Fair, hosted by Columbia Nursing on November 17 and 18. 

Open to Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) staff and residents of Washington Heights, the event is the latest—and largest—since the first Care Connection Health Fair in May 2022, said Maura Abbott, assistant dean, Clinical Affairs. Abbott organizes the events in partnership with the CUIMC Community and Population Health team and the CUIMC FPO Communications team. 

Services offered included vision screenings, blood pressure checks, and pre-screening for lung, breast, and colon cancer, as well as flu shots. WFAN host Ed Randall was also on hand to share information on behalf of Fans for the Cure, promoting men’s health in recognition of #Movember. 

“I think it is important to have these events because it increases accessibility and makes it easy for people to just walk in when they have a break from work to take care of themselves in the moment. It also shows people what is available to them for health care where they live and work,” Abbott said. “We will be planning monthly screening events in 2023 with our same partners and clinical teams and Fans for the Cure and hopefully some new partners along the way!”