Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, in partnership with Fiesta Foods of Yakima, and Yakima’s healthcare community, are inviting families to attend the fourth annual Fiesta de Salud- Free Community Health Fair, at Fiesta Foods (1008 East Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima) Saturday, July 30, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Last year nearly 3,500 people participated in the open-air, fiesta-style event and even larger crowds are expected this year. The purpose of Fiesta de Salud is to provide health care resources, medical screenings and other health care information to the public in a fun, pressure-free environment.
“Sometimes it’s intimidating trying to navigate the local health care system if you’re not a native to this country,” say Bertha Lopez, Memorial Hospital’s Health Outreach Manager. “Sometimes there are cultural or language barriers. This event is just one opportunity for us to try and break through those barriers to connect people to the information and resources needed to keep their families healthy.”
At the event, healthcare professionals will provide diabetes, blood pressure and cardio vascular screenings, immunizations for children and adults, and a limited number of dental screenings for children. Attendees can participate in a blood drive. Information will be presented regarding a variety of health and safety education topics, such as mental health awareness, cancer prevention, breast health, nutrition, and fire safety. The event will also provide information on social service programs and other healthcare resources available in our community.
However, a fiesta isn’t a fiesta without some fun. The Fiesta de Salud will also include traditional activities, such as games and crafts for children, 500 free bike helmets courtesy of Seattle Children’s Hospital, music, ZUMBA dancing, giveaways, entertainment and of course, food.