Community Relations

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences believes that an institution of higher learning has a responsibility to the communities outside its campus borders.

The College works with area school, community, and youth organizations through a variety of programs and events that include:


The Summer Enrichment Program, which runs for six weeks each summer, is for area high school students who demonstrate interest in a career in the sciences.

Each week of the program consists of three days of research with an ACPHS faculty member, one day of instructional activities, and one day to tour regional pharmaceutical companies. For more information, please contact


Held on the Albany Campus, the College’s annual Health and Wellness Expo provides flu shots, health screenings, and information on subjects such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

The Expo also includes a Medication Takeback Event, providing area residents with a safe, cost-free opportunity to dispose of their expired or unused medications. For more information, please e-mail Patty Tompkins.

The College also organizes a companion event - the Colchester Community Wellness Fair - in Vermont. The event features local health experts who provide information and answer questions in the areas of nutrition, fitness, health, and personal well-being for residents of all ages.

Health services provided at the event include flu shots (free with most insurance plans), health screenings, and fitness demonstrations.

ACPHS Academy

ACPHS Academy is an afterschool enrichment program that promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for at-risk students in Albany elementary and middle schools.

The program, which launched in 2007, is being redesigned in 2016 with the expectation of an enhanced program rolling out during the 2016-17 academic year.

Community partnerships

ACPHS students and faculty contribute to the community in a variety of other ways, including volunteer work and support for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs, Make a Wish Foundation, March of Dimes, Meals on Wheels, National Kidney Foundation, Parsons Child and Family Center, Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Toys for Tots, and many more.

For information regarding these programs or to become involved, contact Gil Chorbajian, ACPHS's Director of Marketing and Communications at or at (518) 694-7394.