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Free Physicals and Immunizations

July 14, 2011

AT ANNUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR
Three nonprofit organizations partner to offer back-to-school health and wellness testing

Make sure your child is healthy and his or her immunizations are up-to-date.

With school starting in almost one month, parents need to start thinking about their child’s back-to-school physicals and immunizations.  FoundCare Health Center, Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches and T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society are helping families prepare for school starting in August by partnering to conduct free back-to-school immunizations and physicals.  The three nonprofit organizations are banding together to emphasize health and wellness in our community and will be presenting the 20th Annual Free Community Health Fair on July 23 at FoundCare Health Center in West Palm Beach from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This year’s event theme is “Fighting Obesity: Healthy Lifestyles for the Family” and is meant to enhance the personal, physical and nutritional wellness of every child and family as they return to school in August,” noted Dr. Collette Brown-Graham, president of the T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society.  “This free health fair will not only provide free back-to-school physicals and immunizations to children aged two months and up, but also offer a variety of free health screenings for adults, in addition to educational presentations, free food and give-aways.”

The health fair will provide medical and dental screening for children and adults with health counseling, as well as free screening for HIV, prostate cancer, hypertension, diabetes and mammograms.  Educational presentations will be made on various health-related topics including, women’s health, HIV, Hepatitis C, MRSA, nutrition, smoking cessation, physical fitness, skin care and self-esteem.

“We are excited to be hosting this year’s Community Health Fair," said Yolette Bonnet, chief executive officer of FoundCare, Inc. “The partnering organizations are providing a critical, free community service to area families. It's our honor to participate."

FoundCare will be inviting participants to continue receiving comprehensive health services at the health center along with assistance in applications 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’s 29,000 square-foot state-of-the-art medical facility.

Community partners and sponsors include: Palm Beach County Immunization Coalition, Palm Beach County Safety Council, Children’s Medical Services, Wachovia/Wells Fargo, Wellington Regional Hospital, Palms West Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and Pfizer.

For more information on the Free Community Health Fair please contact Ann Marie March at the Jamaicans of the Palm Beach’s at 561-385-1621 and please bring immunization records to the event.  The health fair will take place at FoundCare Health Center located at 2330 South Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach.  For more information on FoundCare Health Center and their location please visit www.foundcare.org.

About FoundCare Health Center
FoundCare Health Center is a nonprofit full-service community health center providing medical care for Palm Beach County residents with limited or no health insurance, regardless of their ability to pay.
About  T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society
The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society  is a group of dedicated doctors bonding together to provide health education, speakers on health issues as well as medical screening to school children and the minority community.

About Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches
The Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches provide social, cultural, educational and economic services to low income families in cooperation and coordination with other support service organizations.

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