Health Fair Offers Services For Hispanics, Latinos

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Organizers of a health fair for Hispanic and Latino residents say the event was so popular they'll be holding more of them.

An estimated 2,400 people attended the first Hispanic/Latino Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday to receive low-cost -- or even free -- medical and health services.

Attendees also were screened for diabetes, received back-to-school physical exams and had their teeth, vision and hearing checked.

Spanish Media Group president Dan Oropesa says Wichita has about 90,000 members of the Spanish community, and fairs like the one Saturday go a long way toward addressing the needs of an underserved population.

He says language barriers often create hurdles for Spanish-speaking people who need health services

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