ACPHS President Greg Dewey was honored by A Village, Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of Albany’s South End, at the organization's annual “Celebration of Progress” gala. This year's event was held on March 9 at Sixty State Place in Albany.
“The theme of this year's event was Organizing for Our Health,” explained A Village’s Interim Executive Director Marc Wells Johnson. “We celebrated the spirit of progress in the Capital Region by honoring individuals and groups for engaging and empowering our communities, and helping to maintain a healthy quality of life for area citizens.”
President Dewey led efforts on behalf of the College to open a student operated pharmacy in the South End of Albany. This vision was realized on January 25, 2017 when College Parkside Pharmacy officially opened its doors in the Capital South Campus Center located at 20 Warren Street.
The student operated pharmacy provides South End residents with convenient access to pharmacy services, and there are plans in place to expand those offerings in the future to include bone density/cholesterol/blood pressure screenings, immunizations, educational programs, and wellness counseling.
In the neighboring building at 3 Lincoln Square, the College is currently completing space for a “Collaboratory,” i.e., a laboratory for collaboration. The Collaboratory will offer a range of educational and clinical services. It will also be a meeting place and project space for community partners.
“On behalf of the College, I would like to thank A Village for this honor and congratulate this year’s other honorees,” said President Dewey. “We look forward to working with community partners such as A Village to help address the short-and-long-term health care needs of Albany's South End."
The other individuals and organizations honored at the Celebration of Progress event were:
- Darryl Johnson - Community Advocate for the Center of Law and Justice
- The Ezra Prentice Health Survey Team - Resident Outreach Workers, Health Experts, Interns, and Advisors
- The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center - Partnering Organization in Health and Food Security
- Caroline Mason - Former A Village board member
- Tulla Pangburn - Accepting on behalf of her husband, first Rev. Donald Pangburn, Esq.