Students Host Community Health Fair

More than 100 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students hosted the 12th Annual Mount Sinai Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 11—an event dedicated to improving the health of residents in East and Central Harlem, neighborhoods that have experienced a disproportionate burden of chronic disease and illness. Forty community organizations took part, including the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, Settlement Health, and Boriken Neighborhood Health Center. The fair offered 19 kinds of health screenings, including blood pressure, diabetes, hearing and vision, adolescent health conditions, obesity, and HIV. The estimated 200 adult and children attendees were also treated to live music, healthy food samples, and family fun activities. The event was made possible by funding from the Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Student Council, and the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs.

Leadership and Staff Celebrate National Walking Day

Hundreds of Mount Sinai Health System employees laced up their sneakers and participated in several 30-minute, lunchtime walks in their hospital campus communities on Wednesday, April 1, for National Walking Day, to raise awareness of the health benefits of walking for cardiovascular health. Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Vice President of Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System, set the tone for the day, saying, “Mount Sinai is committed to teaming up to get active and make strides against cardiovascular diseases. A simple 30-minute brisk walk each day can significantly impact and improve heart health and longevity.” Walking, she says, can help individuals lower risk of heart attacks and strokes, maintain normal blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and prevent diabetes and obesity.

Clinical Trial Reveals Benefits of Peanut Allergy Skin Patch

Mount Sinai researchers—leading the largest clinical trial on peanut allergy desensitization—have concluded that a skin patch that gradually exposes the body to small amounts of peanut allergen appears to be safe and effective, and holds promise as a potential treatment for peanut allergies.

Research results from the Phase IIb clinical trial were presented at the 2015 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology by Hugh A. Sampson, MD, Dean for Translational Biomedical Research and Director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, who served as the Co-Principal Investigator of the study. Dr. Sampson is also Professor of Pediatrics, and Immunology, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Read more

Students Celebrate Match Day 2015

The excitement was palpable as Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s 129 graduating students filled the Annenberg West lobby on Friday, March 20, to open their envelopes and learn which residency programs they would be attending during the next step of their medical training. Many family members, friends, and Mount Sinai Health System physicians were on hand to lend their support and cheer them on during such a milestone event. Read more

Palliative Care Physicians Named Inspiring Leaders

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) has named three physicians from the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at The Mount Sinai HospitalInspiring Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40.

Laura Gelfman, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; Amy Kelley, MD, MSHS, Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; and Cardinale B. Smith, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Medical Oncology), and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, were among 40 award recipients honored at the 2015 AAHPM & HPNA (Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association) Annual Assembly in Philadelphia. Read more

One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York Holds 35th Annual Gala

Mount Sinai Health System Trustee Carla A. Harris was honored recently at the 35th annual gala of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York, an organization that provides mentoring, education, and other opportunities for the black community. The organization founded the Eagle Academy for Young Men in 2004, which operates five all-male public schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Harlem, N.Y., and Newark, N.J. Read more

Learning about Brain Health

More than 350 children and adults participated in the Third Annual Brain Awareness Fair hosted by the Sinai Neuroscience Outreach Program, in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Youth Education and The Friedman Brain Institute, on Thursday, March 19, during Brain Awareness Week. Forty Mount Sinai volunteers, including faculty, staff, postdocs, and students, shared their expertise for brain health and research. During multiple hands-on activities and exhibits, participants built neuron models out of pipe cleaners, looked at the human brain in 3-D, and examined all types of animal brains. Faculty from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai also fielded questions from adults about addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and mental health.

Celebrating National Nutrition Month

In the photograph below, Rebecca Blake, MS, RD, CDN, Director of Clinical Nutrition, right, discusses healthy fast-food options with, from left, Dietician Danna Strahl, RD, and visitors Grace Emperio and Sonny Perero at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Dazian Pavilion. The informational poster and table containing healthy recipes and a sampling of healthy foods—including wheat berry and mango salads—were set up outside the Linsky Building Café on Tuesday, March 24, as part of National Nutrition Month. The poster provided passersby with the opportunity to compare nutrients in a variety of fast-food items.