ELMIRA, NY (WENY) -- LECOM and the Elmira Economic Opportunity Program worked together to host a free community health fair on Friday, February 9th. At the health fair, people had the opportunity to learn how to maintain their mental health and get their vitals checked, which helps LECOM students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world.

"Nikhil [Krishnani] and I wanted to do something where we could give back to the community...We learn this stuff in school and instead of keeping it in isolation, we want to show the community what we're learning and that we care about them," said Chair of the Family Medicine Club at LECOM, Kajal Patel.

Patel said it's a great way to practice what LECOM students learn in the classroom and help people at the same time.

"By showing them these little things we learn, we get to practice and show [off] our skills and we get to give people free exams. It's a good bridge from the medical school to the community," said Patel.

Anita Lewis, chief development officer (CDO) for EOP said health fairs are really about prevention, especially when it comes to people's health.

"You want to prevent some chronic illnesses and these kinds of health fairs help you do that, to at least find out some of the basic things you need to have checked," said Lewis.

The next community health clinic will take place on March 7th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ernie Davis Family Center. People will have the chance to get their vitals checked and receive lead screenings.

To sign up for a lead screening appointment through EOP's weekly ACCEL Program, click here.