SUNY Downstate Partners With Fresh Air Fund For Fun, Annual Summer In The Winter Event In Brooklyn

Jan 22, 2019

Families register children for free Fresh Air Fund Summer Camp Experiences

Girl with Pink Balloon FingerpaintingBROOKLYN, NY— On January 12, 2019, SUNY Downstate Medical Center helped children and families celebrate Summer in the Winter in partnership with The Fresh Air Fund. Hundreds of children and families gathered at the medical center to register for free Fresh Air Fund experiences and enjoyed a summer themed carnival with face painting, prizes, and games.

“We’re excited to collaborate with The Fresh Air Fund to give children an opportunity to enjoy free, healthy, and safe summer experiences,” said Keydron Guinn, PhD, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff at The State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. “Thanks to our Health Care Innovation and Transformation Office and our Pediatric Department partners Dr. Meseret Tena and Gail Solomon, we will be able to ensure that the children of our community remain healthy.”

Each year, thousands of New York City children from low-income communities enjoy Fresh Air Fund programs through visits with volunteer host families along the East Coast, Southern Canada and at The Fund’s five overnight camps in Fishkill, New York. The Fund has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City Children since 1877.

“We are honored to join forces with the prestigious SUNY Downstate Medical Center,” said Fatima Shama, Fresh Air Fund Executive Director. “Our partnership is an extraordinary way to work together and support our mutual commitment to serving New York City’s children and families. We are truly grateful to SUNY Downstate and look forward to new initiatives on the horizon.”

To sign up for the free Fresh Air Fund summer experience, click here.

About The Fresh Air Fund


The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.  In addition to summer programs, Fresh Air children also participate in year-round leadership and educational programs.  For more information, visit



About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.