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:

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 seeks to instill good study habits, increase confidence and self-respect, and ultimately help students realize that college can be part of their futures. As of spring 2014, there were 110 students spanning grades 3-8 enrolled in the program. For more information, please contact rebecca.beach@acphs.edu.

SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP

The annual Summer Science Camp program at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences helps young students (entering grades 4-8) explore science through a variety of interactive experiments and hands-on activities. Each one-week session helps students learn about science in a way that is engaging and fun -- all while they experience what life is like on a College campus! For more information, please contact rebecca.beach@acphs.edu.

high school SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

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 david.clarke@acphs.edu

HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO

The College’s annual Health and Wellness Expo - presented in conjunction with MVP Health Care - 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.

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 gil.chorbajian@acphs.edu or at (518) 694-7394.