Migrant Outreach Health Fair Offers Families Screenings, Information
March 08, 2020
On December 14, 2019, the Migrant Outreach Program hosted the 10th annual Hispanic Migrant, Latino Immigrant Health Holiday Fair. The fair, which provides a special gift for every child in attendance, is also a celebration of the holiday season – replete with traditional Hispanic dances and other traditional elements of the holiday season.
According to Victoria Garcia-Davis, Migrant Outreach Program Director and principal investigator for the Migrant Outreach Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) grant, the fair distributed vaccine information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and allowed an often marginalized and underserved community to access healthcare screenings such as wellness checkups, diabetes screenings, dental checks, flu shots, and blood pressure assessments. Pharmacists were on site to discuss medication safety. All 220 people in attendance also received information how to enroll children in KCHIP. A representative from the U.S. Census also attended, speaking to more than 150 inviduals about census procedures.
University of Kentucky organizations such as the Latino Student United Union, Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPHA), and the Experience Student Learning Program (ESLP) that Garcia-Davis founded in November 2010 aided in making this event such a success. Special thanks also go to Henry Clay High School for the toy drive and the UK Martin Luther King Center for hosting this event.