Sunday, September 03, 2006

Latino Health Fiesta Erie, PA - On September 16, 2006


For Immediate Release

Latino Health Fiesta in Erie, PA

August 29, 2006, Erie, PA - On September 16, 2006, hundreds of medically underserved Latinos will receive health screening and other medical services- that would have been otherwise unattainable. The "Día de la Mujer" (Day of the Latin American Woman) health fiesta is a unique and cultural intervention focusing on eliminating health disparities that exist in this population at risk.

The local Día de la Mujer Latina event is scheduled for Sept 16th, 2006 from 10am to 2pm at the Hispanic American Council (554 East 10th Street, Erie, PA). Initial partners include:

· Adagio Health, Inc.

· American Cancer Society

· M.H.E.D.S.

· The Regional Cancer Center

· Erie County Department of Health

· Crime Victim Services

· Greater Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church

· Hispanic American Council

· Erie Center for Health and Aging

· St. Vincent Health Center

· Gateway Health Plan

· Mental Health Assoc. NWPA

· Epilepsy Foundation NWPA

· Erie Weed & Seed

· Gannon Nursing Center

So far we have health screenings for blood sugar, blood pressure, clinical breast exams, cholesterol, body mass index and others. All the screenings will be at no cost to the participant. Of course, there will also be music, prizes, children activities and plenty of food. Finally, transportation will be provided from east 10th street and west 18th street.

Although, initially the health fiesta focused on women's health, it now includes a variety of culturally and linguistically competent health awareness and preventative care for the entire Latino family.

David González
Director Latino Services
Hispanic American Council
554 East 10th Street, Erie, PA 16503
Tel 814-455-0212 Fax 814-453-2363


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