UMPA Throws a Block Party in East Harlem


Dr. Ramirez answered questions
of attendees at UMPA's Block Party.
Numerous residents of Spanish Harlem came to University Medical Practice Associates’ (UMPA’s) Block Party in September for a day of fun, food and free health screenings. UMPA is the faculty practice of St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals’ Department of Medicine.

The event, which took place on East 118th Street on September 8, was sponsored by UMPA at Madison Avenue, a multispecialty practice site based in the neighborhood. The shindig included a wide range of attractions, such as a DJ, rides, complimentary meals, arts and crafts activities and exhibits from local organizations.

Promoting Good Health in El Barrio

Various UMPA doctors and support staff worked at the Block Party. The team performed over 90 blood pressure and asthma screenings, said Danielle Jardine, MD, an internist who serves as the Medical Director of UMPA at Madison Avenue.

Dr. Jardine and Raji Ayinla, MD, an internist and pulmonologist, spoke with visitors about their blood pressure test results. And Veronica Palmero, MD, a pulmonologist, discussed the findings of asthma screenings with attendees. The event also included an Ask-a-Doctor booth, staffed by Ivonne Ramirez, MD, a gastroenterologist.

According to Dr. Ramirez, “There were a lot of questions about colonoscopy, and many people were not aware that the procedure can prevent colon cancer.”

While adults were getting screenings or health information, children had a ball with the rides and arts and crafts exhibits. And the DJ kept the beat going strong. He played a range of music, from classic R&B to bachata to the Cupid Shuffle, which got the crowd dancing in the street.

“Our Block Party was a big success,” said Dr. Jardine. “Many local people came by and everyone had a lot of fun. It was also a great opportunity to introduce our practice site to the community.”

Based at 1827 Madison Avenue and 119th Street, UMPA at Madison Avenue is comprised of primary care internal medicine physicians as well as specialists in cardiology, diabetes management, gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonary medicine and women’s health. For more information, please call 212.722.1441.

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