SAN Holds First Health Fair in South Bay

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Community Members Access Various Health Services

LAWNDALE, CA–  108 South Asian community members gathered as early as 8:00am at South Asian Network’s (SAN) first free health fair in the South Bay to access free health services.  In these hard economic times, community members came with one goal in mind – to be able to get a basic health check up.

Volunteer Doctor Assists South Asian Community Member

Community members who attended the fair received services from multiple stations, with various doctors and services including: blood sugar tests, cholesterol tests, hemoglobin tests, HIV and STD tests, bone density and EKG tests, consultation with physicians and pharmacists, dental exams, pap smears, mammograms, stress and depression screenings, and physical exams.

This is SAN’s fifth free health fair for the Los Angeles County South Asian community and the first free health fair in the South Bay.  Farhana Shahid, Lead Advocate at SAN stated that “Given the large South Asian presence in the Inglewood, Hawthorne, Torrance, and Lawndale areas of the South Bay in Los Angeles county, the CHAI team hosts this health fair to reach out the much underserved and the uninsured South Asian and other community members who need basic preventative services and care.”

A team of sixty-five volunteers and staff attended different shifts at the fair to provide translation for community members speaking with doctors, helped with filling out paperwork on health history, and also brought health equipment.  Organizations providing resources like the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, the 2010 Census, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and the Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches also tabled at the fair.

Dr. Hemlata Parekh, a physician from West Covina, noted that “Some community members are not aware of the benefit of regular health exams, while some cannot afford them. This fair provides people access.”

Monique Chhabra, a longtime volunteer with the health fairs noted, “Even though this is the first health fair for South Asian community members who live in South Bay, this fifth health fair only improved.  This is an important concern for uninsured community members especially in this economy.”

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