Annual Health Fair Doubles its Benefits
Meeting a vital demand in South Florida, MDC’s Medical Campus held its largest, most diverse Community Health Fair to date, providing free screenings and information to more than 1,600 people from some of the community’s most underserved areas.
The annual event, which serves as a learning tool for MDC students in various health care fields, offered bone density screenings, glucose and cholesterol tests, and dental and vision screenings in addition to information on nutrition, heart disease, cancer prevention, mental health, diabetes and much more. Thanks to new partnerships with Jackson Health System and Pinnacle Imaging, the Fair was able to double the number of women receiving free mammograms, expanding access to this life-saving health care tool to dozens more women.
Students from MDC’s health care programs performed the majority of the screenings under faculty guidance in a valuable educational and rewarding community-service experience.
Pulse of the Community
“This year’s Fair provides an opportunity to improve our community’s health and develop new strategies to improve people’s lives,” said MDC Medical Campus President Dr. Armando Ferrer.
The latest incarnation of the Community Health Fair builds on important feedback collected from last year’s participants by the College’s health information technology students.
“That survey provided crucial insight into our target market and the type of information and services that are most useful to them,” said event organizer Dr. Mark Everett, chair of MDC’s Health Sciences and Related Studies.
Healthy Dose of Information
Featuring nearly 50 agencies, this year’s Fair had twice as many health vendors as before, including resources on smoking cessation, women’s health, obesity, senior health, a Stress Relief Zone and on-site pharmacists from the Florida Pharmacy Association. Representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and health insurance provider Florida Blue were also on hand to answer questions and clarify information about the impact of the Affordable Care Act, both nationally and locally.