Open Air Health Fair Brings Health to the People

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From left to right: President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Dave Cortese, Brian Bumb, Fred Ferrer, Judy Berkley and Ann Bui. Supervisor Cortese recognized the Bumb Family and Judy Berkley for their commitment to the health of our community.

“This Health Fair is planned very well. I can quickly get a check up by a nurse and learn more from the other services offered, all right here at the Health Fair,” said participant Salvador Ruano.

The Health Trust Open Air Health Fair, as part of Binational Health Week, offers participants the opportunity to learn about their health and gets them directly in touch with the resources they need, including referrals to over 40 organizations that participated in the health fair.

Robin Cheng, a Chinese Mandarin speaker, was one of many volunteer interpreters that escorted non-English speaking immigrants through their health screening. His interpretation was vital in helping facilitate communication between nurse and patient, ensuring the nurse’s consultation was understood by the patient.

“It has been an eye opening opportunity to speak with immigrants from China, to see what their general concerns are,” said Cheng, “Some people that I’ve talked to today are uninsured, so this is important and may be their only opportunity to get checked out until they are insured. At first they don’t understand exactly what kind of services are being offered here, but at the end they were very grateful that The Health Trust has provided these services and that they were able to learn more about their current health.”

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The Health Fair offers free health screenings including dental preventative services, and takes place at The San Jose Flea Market annually.

Annually, this is exactly what the The Health Trust Open Air Health Fair strives to accomplish. In appreciation for their commitment, The Health Trust and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recognized the Bumb family, owners of The San Jose Flea Market, and Judy Berkley, Assistant Director of Nursing Students at Mission College.

For over 12 years the Bumb family has graciously housed the event, providing the space, staff support, publicity and tenting, all in-kind. Judy Berkley has overseen and organized countless nursing students that have conducted thousands of biometric screenings. This year Berkley organized more than 50 nursing students and 8 faculty to screen hundreds of patients.

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According to Judy, the recognition isn’t needed. “As a nurse there’s nothing that makes you feel as good as helping others make healthier choices.”

For more information about the Open Air Health Fair please contact Michelle Leporini at MichelleL@healthtrust.org 408.961.9862 or visit http://healthtrust.org/oahf/.

A special thank you goes out to The San Jose Flea Market for donating their Pavilion to house our Open Air Health Fair, Kaiser Permanente for helping defray some of the cost of the event, and Santa Clara County Public Health Department for donating 500 HbA1C tests.

Participating Agencies

  • Gardner Family Health Network
  • Prevent Blindness Northern California
  • Children’s Dental Group
  • Mission College Volunteer Nurses
  • Mission College: Financial Aid and Outreach
  • Santa Clara County Public Health
  • Department: Immunization
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy
  • Santa Clara County Public Health
  • Department: Flu Shot
  • Santa Clara County Behavioral Health
  • Services: Ethnic Cultural Communities
  • Advisory Committee (ECCAC)
  • Santa Clara County: Child Health and
  • Disability Prevention/Maternal, Child and
  • Adolescent Health (CHDP/MCAH)
  • Community Health Partnerships
  • Family Resource Center (Districts 2, 3, 4)
  • California Phones (free phone access for disabled)
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • On Lok Lifeways
  • Gardner Family Clinic
  • School Health Clinics
  • Foothill Community Clinic
  • Santa Clara Family Health Plan
  • Valley Health Plan
  • Good to Go
  • La Mesa Verde
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Fresh Approach
  • Breathe California
  • Veggielution Community Farm
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Social Security Administration
  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement
  • United Way Silicon Valley
  • Catholic Charities
  • Be The Match
  • New York Life
  • Community Child Care Council
  • Tootoonchi Chiropractic Inc.

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