Juntos Visits Liberal for Summer Health Fair
On the weekend of July 26th to 28th, our 4th Ventanilla de Salud Movil event took place in Liberal, KS. This year we partnered with the Office of Cultural Enhancement & Diversity to provide a weekend of medical Spanish immersion to medical students, physical therapists, and allied health students. With a total of 22 volunteers and Juntos staff members, we took a seven hour road-trip from Kansas City to Liberal, KS on July 26th to be part of the health fair taking place on Saturday and Sunday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
After arriving to Liberal everyone was tired but we were still able to push ourselves and transform the church’s dancehall into a health fair. At the health fair we provided basic health screenings (BMI, blood glucose, and blood pressure), as well as educational information on skin cancer, STDs, breast cancer, healthy lifestyles, and dental care. In addition we had two doctors on-site, Dr. Ellerbeck and Dr. Chacon, performing school physicals and assessing participants at high risks for diabetes and hypertension and a two additional doctors and their team, Dr. Farrar and Dr. Jury, performing vision tests.
Saturday morning everyone was up and ready to help for the day. We were joined by 10 local Promotoras de Salud at the church and made final preparations to start receiving people at 9 am. Once we opened our doors, we continued to help until 8 pm., changing stations after every shift depending on the person’s abilities.
Sunday morning was a shorter day but we put in as much effort as we did on the first day. This time we began at 9 am and wrapped it up around 12 pm to clean up and arrive back from the long trip before sundown.
By the end of the two-day fair we performed 30 school physicals and screened/registered 292 people from KS, OK, and TX.
Special thanks go out to ALL of our volunteers from Liberal, Garden City, and Kansas City. This event was a great success and it would not have been possible without the collaboration of all our partners.
Our next Ventanilla de Salud Movil event will be in November 22nd-24th in Liberal, KS.
If you are interested on volunteering, please contact Arturo Ponce (620) 272-3198 or Victor Martinez at (913) 945-7873.This entry was posted in Events, Project Updates. Bookmark the permalink.