Community drives thru ELAC health fair

By Paul Medina

East Los Angeles College was the host location of a free wellness and community fair which encouraged residents to get their health checked.

The drive-thru health fair was organized by Univision 34 Los Angeles and UNIMÁS 46 Los Angeles television stations in collaboration with other organizations. The event was held at Parking Structure 3 on Saturday.

Some of the community organizations in attendance included AltaMed, L.A. Care and Regal Medical group. 

Univision 34 Los Angeles is a Spanish news network which serves the greater Los Angeles area and is owned by Univision Communications. 

The event brought together an array of community, civic engagement and business organizations to serve East Los Angeles and surrounding communities which are disproportionately underserved with medical care. 

East Los Angeles resident Maria Rodriguez found out about the event through television and said she encourages more like them. 

“Events like this which offer blood pressure and glucose checks are important. I don’t have health care insurance and being able to know my blood sugar is okay gives me an ease of mind,” Rodriguez said.

Aside from glucose and blood pressure checks, referrals were given for additional health care screenings through partnership organizations. The event also offered the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. 

The drive-thru fair included the giveaway of food boxes and personal protection equipment  like disinfecting wipes, masks, face shield and hand sanitizers from the organizations in attendance.

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