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Binational Health Week at the Mexican Consulate

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Binational Health Week at the Mexican Consulate

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Binational Health Week (BHW) is the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the health and well-being of the underserved Latino population living in the United States and Canada. BHW fosters community solidarity by bringing together existing resources and thousands of volunteers working together for a common goal. The events are coordinated by the collaboration among community and government agencies from the U.S., Mexico and other Latin American countries with the purpose of reaching out to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people, especially those without medical coverage.

 

Health Fair at the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, MO

Tuesday October 15th – Friday October 18th

Participant: Juana Gordillo

Ms. Gordillo reported that she had gone through a variety of the stations and done a vision and blood pressure exam.  “They treated me very well” she commented and said that she did not usually get checkups.  “They advised me to go to the doctor.  Because of my weight and because I do not exercise I am at risk for getting diabetes…but I didn’t know what to do about that, so they gave me an orientation in terms of what I can do about my health, exercise and food.”

Humberto Crus, Mexican Consulate employee

“This is really a big event, it is 5 days long and involves lots of community members and different organizations from all across the city.  We all collaborate to promote health in the Latino community:  physical, mental and disease prevention.  It is really a very all inclusive event because we deal with lots of aspects of health.  The advantage of an event like this is that lots of people do not have the time to go to the doctor and they can come here and get help.  We’ve had people who had no clue they needed glasses and were straining their eyes, but became aware of their condition because of this event.”

Comfort Dental staff

“We have 5 locations throughout the city.  I noticed that when people came up to our table, they were shy and reserved, as if they were not sure what they could and should ask.  I have to work to bring them out, so I try and ask questions like “do you have a dentist, etc”.  I love having the opportunity not only to help the community, but also to find out about other resources in the city and network with other organizations.  You know, we have gotten regular patients from this event.  People sometimes first come to us in fear because they do not have a social security number or because they do not have documents.  They are worried that we will not be able to help them.  But now they are regular patients getting fillings and cleanings and other services they needed to have done.  And some of our regular patients are people that first learned about us at the Semana Binacional de Salud…now they are regular patients and before they did not know where to go. “

Participant: Gabriel Mundo

“This is my first time here.  I received really good service, very attentive, very fast and very nice people…both the health fair staff and the consulate.  This is the first time I have had access to such a wide variety of services…clinical services…vision.”

 

Sophy Paulino, Post-bac student at KUMC

“The whole point of Juntos is to reach people to educate them about health…it is amazing a little health education really makes a difference towards seeing better health outcomes in the community.  I really love these events because it is so much more fun than the office and it is wonderful to interact with the community.”

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