Upstate News

July 12, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate’s student-directed medical outreach program for the homeless wins national honor

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — SUNY Upstate Medical University has been honored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for its student-initiated community outreach program that provides medical care to the area’s homeless and migrant farm workers.

SUNY Upstate received the Caring for Community award for SC HOPE—the Salt City Health Outreach Program—a part-time ambulatory care clinic founded 15 years ago by medical students in collaboration with the Onondaga County Health Department. The award, a four-year, $80,000 grant, is presented in collaboration with the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative for the development of outstanding student initiated community service programs. SUNY Upstate is one of eight medical schools in the United States to receive the recognition.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by the AAMC,” said Peter J. Cronkright, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine at SUNY Upstate. “SC HOPE has been a team effort by many at SUNY Upstate, the Onondaga County Health Department and the community. The students have worked hard and are grateful for the opportunity to serve the patients.”

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