The Russell Sage College Department of Nursing partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area, the City of Troy and Hope 7 Community Center on three different projects that promote good health for local youth.

A Russell Sage College Nursing student demonstrates a stethoscope during an activity fair at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area in Troy.

A Russell Sage College Nursing student demonstrates how a stethoscope works during an activity fair to promote health sciences education and careers to families involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area. Sage’s Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Nutrition Science programs also participated in this Rubin grant-supported event.

 

The Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program sponsored the projects, which ran during the recently concluded 2018-2019 academic year. Sage faculty members and students led activities to promote health sciences education and careers to families involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area; consulted on a Youth Recreation Master Plan for the City of Troy; and provided hygiene items and educational materials for teens who attend Hope 7 Community Center.

“Career paths, social engagement and age-appropriate recreational opportunities are social determinants of health,” said faculty member Melissa Davis, DNP, of the Russell Sage College Department of Nursing’s interest in collaborating on the projects. “It is a matter of primary prevention, which is the foundation of what nurses do.”

“I am pleased that our faculty and students can play a role in helping young people in Rensselaer County build a foundation for a lifetime of good health,” said Glenda Kelman, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of Russell Sage College Department of Nursing. “We look forward to future partnerships that promote and maximize health and wellness in our community.”

The Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program supports collaborations between 501(c)(3) agencies in Rensselaer County and faculty at Sage, Emma Willard School, Hudson Valley Community College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rubin Grant-funded projects strengthen participating agencies’ ability to serve the needs of the people of Rensselaer County. More information, including an application and detailed timeline for future funding cycles, is available at http://www.sage.edu/rubin.