PA students stress health to North Haven children

Jaret Williams provided information about the importance of dental health to students
Physician assistant student Jaret Williams provided information about the importance of dental health to students at the Earth Day Health Fair at ACES Mill Road School in North Haven on April 27.
May 1, 2012 - Approximately 50 students from the physician assistant program recently took part in the Earth Day Health Fair at ACES Mill Road School in North Haven on April 27.

The physician assistant students read to the students at ACES Mill Road and presented a book to each child.

The ACES students also attended a health fair, where the physician assistant students taught them about the importance of recycling, nutrition, fitness, oral health and hygiene, and the impact of bullying. They also learned about the PA profession and what to expect when getting a check-up.  

"Watching the students' faces light up when they heard their own heart beat was an amazing thing to see," says Jamie Robyn, a physician assistant student.

Groups of five to six Quinnipiac PA students have been going to ACES to read to the children twice a week since October.  

"Seeing how excited the students get to read with us every week is a real eye-opener that we can make a difference in the community," said Brad Crerar, a Quinnipiac PA student who has read to ACES students several times over the past year.

Throughout the academic year, the physician assistant students raised money for projects to benefit the local community, including health fairs and a Midnight Run in downtown New Haven. 

"It's the various community outreach projects that help the Quinnipiac PA students look beyond the books and truly understand what the PA profession is all about," said Cindy Lord, clinical associate professor and director of the physician assistant program.