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Health, Insurance, and You: An Overview of 2013 Health Fair

Residents listened to a presentation from SEIU Local 521 on health insurance options through Covered California.
Residents listened to a presentation from SEIU Local 521 on health insurance options through Covered California.

On Saturday September 14, 2013, we were joined by over 1,000 residents at the 2013 Health Fair for cultural performances, health services, and presentations on health insurance options.

We partnered with Our Lady of La Vang Parish, Foothill Community Health Center, Covered California, Community Health Partnership, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Asian Pacific Islander Justice Coalition, SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network), and SEIU Local 521 for the 2013 Health Fair. The Health Fair 2013 began with morning exercises led by Dr. Thang Tran from the Foothill Community Health Center.

Mandy Lu, Internal Organizer for Home Care for SEIU Local 521 and Covered CA Certified Educator, presented health insurance options in Vietnamese. Photo by Yan Yin K. Choy.

It was followed by an educational presentation on health insurance options (available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese here) through Covered California by SEIU Local 521. Participants appreciated learning about the different health insurance options as well as income eligibility for Medi-Cal through the Foothill Community Health Center.

Participants dance to zumba at the Health Fair.
Participants dance to Zumba at the Health Fair. Photo by Yan Yin K. Choy.

Throughout the day, Our Lady of La Vang Parish brought partnering organizations to provide free flu shots and free screenings for diabetes, dental health, and vision health. Participants enjoyed dancing to zumba with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and watched performances from the community.

During the Health Fair, SIREN and Community Health Partnership collaborated to present on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on immigrants, which can be viewed here in English, in Spanish, and in Vietnamese. The Office of Congressmember Zoe Lofgren were present for the Health Fair and the workshop on Affordable Care Act and Immigrants. We also received remarks from the Office of Congressmember Mike Honda, which you can view in the gallery below. We are grateful for the support of Congressmember Zoe Lofgren and Congresmember Mike Honda.

Covered CA booth - SEIU Local 521 - Health Fair

Our partners were also available during the Health Fair to answer questions on healthcare, health insurance, and health services. One participant came with their family, “so that we can represent our Latino community, and so that we can inform our neighbors and community members who are unable to attend.”

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Lan Ngo, our Growing Sustainably and Garden to Table Community Outreach Coordinator, shared information with families on Garden to Table’s upcoming urban farm, and ongoing nutrition workshops and service-learning opportunities to maintain community and school gardens. Learn how you can participate here.

We are grateful for the support, leadership, and organization of our partners, and thank Jeanette Ramos for being an outstanding volunteer, and the hard work of Mercedes Ramans, our Applied Anthropology Intern, and volunteer Binh Nguyen for their translation services.The following sponsors and partnering organizations made the 2013 Health Fair possible, which was hosted by Our Lady of La Vang Parish, in partnership with the American Red Cross, American Heart and Stroke Association, Asian American Donor Program, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Asian Pacific Islander Justice Coalition, California Nurses Association, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Comfort Hands Health Care, Community Health Partnership, CommUniverCity San José, Covered California, Doan Thieu Nhi Thanh The Anre Dung Lac, Doan Thieu Nhi Thanh The To Ma Thien, Doan Van Nghe Dan Toc, Dr. Khanh Tran – Internal Medicine, Dr. Loi Phan – Internal Medicine, Dr. Thang Tran – Internal Medicine, EyeQ Optometry, Foothill Community Health Center, Gilead Sciences, Hep B Free: Santa Clara County, Hispanic Dance Youth Group, North East Medical Services, Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health,Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, Santa Clara Single Payer Association, SEIU Local 521, SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network, United Way Silicon Valley, and VITAS.

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One response to “Health, Insurance, and You: An Overview of 2013 Health Fair”

  1. All of you guys have done a great job in serving other people through these free health screenings and other forms of care. We hope that there would be more event like this. These proactive efforts of health screening can minimize healthcare costs, help the less fortunate and actively manage anyone’s healthcare spending through early detection/treatment while giving everyone a quality of life they deserve.

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