REACH-HEI students to host community health fair and blood drive at TCMC

Tuesday, July 09, 2020

Medical and undergraduate students of Regional Education Academy for Careers in Health – Higher Education Initiative (REACH-HEI) will host a Community Day Health Fair on Friday, July 19, 9:30am – 2:30pm, at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), 525 Pine Street, Scranton. The event is free and open to the public.

The fair will include raffles, giveaways, hands-on activities, healthy snacks, and interactive health displays for all ages. Students will give blood pressure screenings, provide dental hygiene and heart health information, and present summer safety tips. Attendees can also take place in a scavenger hunt.

In addition to the healthy fun and games, an American Red Cross blood drive will be held. According the American Red Cross, “The summer months can be a challenging time for blood collections. Donations tend to decline due to high school and college vacations, summer travel and other planned activities. However, the blood needs of hospital patients do not get a vacation.” During the month of July, all presenting donors will receive a coupon for $2.50 off the purchase of a 48oz. container of Turkey Hill’s All Natural Ice Cream. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit if you wish to schedule an appointment in advance.

Candyce Mays serves as REACH-HEI’s Health Fair Coordinator, and acting as co-chairs for the event are Robert Griffith, a pre-matriculating TCMC medical student, Helen Akhondi and Krystal Avila, both students at The University of Scranton who are participating in the undergraduate REACH-HEI Internship Program.

Robert Griffith states, “REACH-HEI is a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge and experiences from the medical students and trickle it down to high school and college students. One way we share and spread knowledge is through the Community Day Health Fair. The health fair is designed to address relevant medical issues with which the population of NEPA typically faces. The entire day is designed to be fun, exciting, and educational for the community, students, and faculty/staff.”

In partnership with King’s College, East Stroudsburg University, Area Health Education Center Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, and school districts, colleges and universities throughout northeast Pennsylvania, TCMC’s REACH-HEI program provides education, research, training, and support programs for high school, undergraduate, and pre-matriculating medical qualifying students that cultivate interest and capacity to pursue higher education health science professions in NEPA. Through REACH-HEI, economically disadvantaged students receive the education and training needed to successfully enter and graduate from medical or health professions schools. REACH-HEI is fully funded by the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Health and Human Services Administration.

To learn more about TCMC’s REACH-HEI program, visit


Medical and undergraduate students of TCMC’s REACH-HEI.
First row, from left: Andrew Kelada, TCMC; Kristin McHale, Marywood University; Saghar Helen Akhondi, University of Scranton; Yukti Desai, University of Scranton; Krystal Dee Avila, University of Scranton; Amanda Locatelli, Marywood University; Sara Studenski; University of Scranton; Christina Aquino, University of Scranton.
Second row, from left: Isabel Ramirez, TCMC; Robert Griffith, TCMC; Mike Kovalchik, University of Scranton; Joe Mauceri, Marywood University; Akhmet Ahmetbeg, Penn State; Radha Patel, University of Scranton; Meghan Anglin, Marywood University; Brittany Burger, Marywood University; Ida L. Castro, JD, MA, TCMC’s Vice President for Community and Government Relations
Third row, from left: Kelvin Monroe, TCMC; Stephen Aniska, Penn State; Maggie Andrews, Marywood University; Dario Fiorelli, University of Scranton; Ashley Blasi, Marywood University; Justin Goreschak, University of Scranton; Marc Incitti, University of Scranton; Maureen Murtha, REACH-HEI Administrator
Fourth row, from left: Nelson Sofoluke, University of Maryland; Stephen Gitkos, Marywood University; Jimmy Dalkiewicz, University of Scranton; Caitlin Ralstan, Kings College; Lauren Krasucki, University of Scranton; Ajanique Green, Lycoming College; Samantha Saylock, University of Scranton.


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