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Latinos are already the nation’s largest racial and ethnic minority group. They are also the youngest and fastest growing. As communities change to reflect these new and evolving dynamics, Latino health is going to be critical to the country overall for generations to come.
Despite their numbers, many Latinos face numerous inequities and barriers that keep them from obtaining the best healthcare possible. These include lack of access, lack of health insurance, language barriers, and cultural stigmas.
“As the nation’s largest and fastest growing ethnic group, it’s important that all Latinos have access to affordable healthcare,” said Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation in a news release.
In an effort to remove some of these barriers, communities across the country have created strategies specifically targeted toward Latinos and their unique situations. In St. Louis, MO (3.74% Latino population) the Hispanic Federation, the Consulate General of Mexico of Kansas City, and Pfizer have partnered to create its first ever Family Health Fair aimed at bringing health care resources and information to Latinos on August 19, 2017 at Confluence Academy.
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“The Family Health fair is an initiative that looks to provide to communities of limited resources the necessary tools to create healthy lifestyles,” said Angelica Wong, Pfizer Latino Colleague Resources Group Chair in an interview with Globe Newswire. “Our goal is to share information about the different community health resources that are available and provide options for various medical screenings, with a mission toward health education and prevention.”
The 2017 Family Health Fair is free and open to the public. On site will be experts who can offer education on a variety of health and wellness topics, including offering referrals to area health care providers. There will also be free health screenings, including those for cardiovascular and respiratory issues.
“We are pleased to be able to offer these services to the community because it instills a strong sense of health awareness of both physical and mental health issues, which are key to one’s general well-being,” said Wong.
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