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 Health Sciences University

Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn is one of four academic health centers (AMCs) in The State University of New York (SUNY) 64-campus system and the only SUNY AMC in New York City dedicated to health education, research, and patient care for the borough’s 2.7 million residents. Its flagship hospital, University Hospital at Downstate (UHD), is a teaching hospital and benefits from the expertise of Downstate’s exceptional medical school and world-class academic center research facilities. With a staff of over 800 physicians representing 53 specialties and subspecialties, Downstate offers comprehensive healthcare services to the community.

UHD provides high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis for kidney diseases and is the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn. Beyond its clinical expertise, Downstate houses a range of esteemed educational institutions, including its College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, School of Graduate Studies, and School of Public Health. Downstate fosters innovation through its multifaceted biotechnology initiative, the Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT, which support early-stage and more mature biotech companies.