Community Health Fair Offers Help to Low-Income Families
Free Back-to-School Immunizations and Adult Health Services Will Be Provided
The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society in partnership with FoundCare Health Center will hold its 22nd annual Community Health Fair, including free immunizations for school children at the Palm Beach County Health Department Immunization Van and health care for adults, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at FoundCare Health Center, 2330 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach.
Providing services to underserved and low-income families, the Community Health Fair will offer free, back-to-school immunizations, physicals and dental screenings for children ages 2 months and up, as well as health care for adults that will include free screenings for HIV, hypertension, diabetes, dental screenings, breast examinations and pap smears for women.
The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society will hold the event in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Immunization Coalition, Palm Beach County Safety Council and Children’s Medical Services.
“The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society is made up of dedicated volunteer physicians and non-physicians who devote their valuable time to serving those who might not have access to a doctor for regular medical checkups,” said Dr. Dudley Brown, chairperson of the health fair. “This event is a longstanding tradition of our society, which carries on the legacy of Palm Beach County's first African-American physician, Dr T. Leroy Jefferson. We're proud to offer these services to the community in his name."
The Palm Beach County School District requires students to have proof of immunizations to enter Palm Beach County schools for the first time and to advance to some grade levels. A physical is required for entrance to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and for students entering 7th grade. Parents are asked to bring their children’s immunization records to the event.
In addition to the medical services, the Community Health Fair will offer educational presentations on various health-related topics, such as women’s health, HIV, Hepatitis C, nutrition, smoking cessation, physical fitness and self-esteem. Free food and giveaways will be distributed.
FoundCare will invite participants to continue receiving comprehensive health services at its state-of-the-art facility and provide assistance in applying for insurance plans for low-income families and individuals. If participants learn they have a health concern, they can schedule a follow up appointment at FoundCare Health Center.
For more information, call the T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society at 561-318-0814 or log on to www.tljmedicalsociety.org.