Catherine Kasper Place Hosts International Health Fair

Monday, 11 July 2011

Photo by Colleen O’Hara

On June 27th,  the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation together with Parkview's Community Health Nursing Program, Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography, the Allen County Department of Health and Super Shot screened and educated over 150 individuals through a variety of healthcare tests at an International Health Fair hosted at Catherine Kasper Place.

The community was invited to participate in a variety of free and low-cost services including mammograms, cardiovascular testing, bone density testing, vision testing, health education, and referrals based on test results. This opportunity gave relief to many who had not had adequate healthcare services due to financial or language barriers. One of the participants, Ski Lar who had daughter Pew Bwe (4) with her explained the importance of this event, “This is an opportunity to get many tests done at one time and free of cost. With these tests my daughter and I can become aware or can prepare ourselves to prevent future complications.” Another participant, Thin Htoo came with her daughter and mother to the healthcare event and praised the providers saying, “ My mother doesn't have health insurance, so this was her only opportunity for clarity, relief, and assurance. I just want to say thank you, and hopefully I am back with my mother again next year.” Photo & Story by SJCHF Intern Colleen O’Hara