Last weekend was the first annual Holy Family Health Fair. In a day-long event that served over two hundred people, the entire event was an outstanding success. Our PCH volunteers stood along side nurses and doctors, specialists in bone density and mammograms, and numerous organizations to provide much needed health care and consultation to the Artesia community.
In the past, PCH has been running two separate health fairs, one in the winter and one in the spring. This year, we've added a third to expand and continue our work throughout Los Angeles. Preparations for this new project started in the summer, when our health fair directors started making contact with the venue and service providers. PCH staff took on steering committees, making sure everything from logistics and volunteering were taken care off. In the next health fairs, applications for steering committee heads/interns will be open for general members, so watch out for that!
As part of staff, I signed up for the morning shift for the health fair. This meant waking up at five in the morning just to help with last minute preparations by 6:30 AM. Most of the general volunteers got to the church by 7:30. I got to meet so many dedicated PCHers over check-in and breakfast (which was homemade by the church volunteers. Needless to say, it was delicious.) I got assigned to the registration table, so I got to see a diverse community of people excited to get health services, genuinely concerned for their health, or just plain curious. It was a great way to practice for my Spanish oral exam, but I was completely lost when I had to communicate with someone who only spoke some form of Chinese (thankfully, another volunteer helped me out. Bilingual speakers, we need you!) During down time, hanging out with the church volunteers was fun; they brought so much enthusiasm into working for the community they love. I'm definitely looking forward to the next health fair; we hope you come out and join us!
Let's give some much deserved credit to Gurjot Dogra, Johnnel Fajardo, and Kathlene Manimtim, our directors who've set the bar high for this year's health fairs.