Community Outreach

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 collaboratory

The Collaboratory is an ACPHS public health initiative designed to complement the services offered at College Parkside Pharmacy, the ACPHS-owned pharmacy in Albany's South End. The Collaboratory - literally a "laboratory for collaboration" - will serve as the home base for the REACH program (Rapid Engagement and Advocacy for Community Health). Led by Trinity Alliance with support provided by ACPHS students and faculty, REACH seeks to engage, empower, and activate Medicaid and Medicaid-eligible residents of the South End and nearby neighborhoods to make consistent use of preventative health care and wellness systems. In addition to its role with the REACH program, The Collaboratory will be used to host classes for ACPHS students as well as educational sessions for community residents.

Learn more about The Collaboratory in this interview on WAMC Radio with ACPHS President Dewey and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences, Dr. Colleen McLaughlin. 


The ACPHS High School Summer Research Program has educated more than 100 area high school students in the broad spectrum of career possibilities associated with pharmaceutically and biomedically related research. Beginning in early July and running through mid-August, this full-time summer program provides high school students with hands-on experience in a research setting, informational lectures, and tours of local companies.

For information about the program, please contact david.clarke@acphs.edu.

Albany Community Health Day

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosts an annual Albany Community Health Day each fall at the Capital South Campus Center at 20 Warren Street in Albany, NY, 12202. The location is also home to College Parkside Pharmacy, one of the school's two student operated pharmacies.

Visit the Albany Community Health Day web page for a list of services and activities provided at the event.

Colchester Community Wellness Fair

The College's Colchester Campus 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.

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