Health Fair offers resources to Gavilan communityby Jan Janes on Oct 4, 2019
Peer mentors and Allied Health students greeted health fair goers with
information about the available services and free raffle tickets for prizes.
Glucose testing, always a popular screening, can offer an early alert to potential
pre-diabetes levels and recommendations for further health care follow-up.
New to the Health Fair this year, county health representatives offered information
about opioid use, the fake and dangerous street drugs now available, and safe
ways to dispose of unused medications. California counties are working together
to combat the rise in drug addition and drug overdoses. Learn more about local
efforts at SBC Opioid Taskforce.org
Also new this year, R&R Wellness, located in Morgan Hill, offered free 10 minute
Gavilan College programs offered information about college resources. Dewitt
Stuckey from the Accessible Education Center (AEC), shares handouts
with community members and students.
Breathe California distributed educational information addressing the dangers of vaping.
The Bill Wilson Center, new to the Health Fair this year, offers rehabilitation
services and other programs to help people get back on their feet. According
to Emmanuel Muñoz, LGBTQ+ Outreach Coordinator, the center empowers
individuals so they can advocate for themselves and succeed.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offered information about California's laws
regarding breastfeeding in public and at the workplace. Representatives Erika
Costanzo and Bertha Gonzalez provide education and outreach to women, men,
medical practitioners and the community.
Every year the Health Fair team brings together free screening and educational
services for Gavilan College students and the communities the college serves.
Shown here, part of the core team (l-r) Grace Cardinalli, Diane Reid, Michelle
Jones and Esther Casteneda.
Supporting the team, Allied Health students facilitate many screenings and
contribute to the success of the event each year. Diane Reid with nursing students.
To learn more about participating in Gavilan's Health Fair next year, contact Diane Reid.