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Binational Health Week Brings Health Fairs, Education and Services to Underserved Immigrants

Thousands in Santa Clara County to Benefit From Series of Health Events Scheduled From October 2-20

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – For the sixth consecutive year, the County of Santa Clara and the Consulate of México in San José have partnered with community based organizations to launch Santa Clara County’s Binational Health Week (BHW). The series of health events and activities this year that span from October 2 through October 20 will provide much needed services and resources for thousands of underserved Latin American immigrants living in Santa Clara County.

“Binational Health Week is a perfect example of our County’s compassion and care for all members of our community,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor George Shirakawa. “We are grateful to partner with community based organizations and volunteers, to provide our community with health services and education in a culturally and linguistically proficient way.”

“Binational Health Week is a bilateral effort to promote awareness on health education and prevention within the migrant community,” said Consul General of México in San José David Figueroa Ortega. “In the last five years it has been very successful to help people in most need thanks to the coordinated effort of health agencies with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the Consulate General of Mexico.”

Compared to other ethnic groups, Latinos have the lowest rate of healthcare coverage in Santa Clara County. Only six out of 10 are covered under a health insurance plan. According to informal surveys conducted last year during Binational Health Week, only 31 percent or participants reported having some form of health coverage. Local research indicates that Mexican immigrants use fewer preventive services than U.S. born Mexican Americans.

“As the health care provider of last resort, the county bears huge costs in caring for serious illnesses that should have been treated earlier,” said County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors President Ken Yeager. “Binational Health Week is an investment in prevention that will help keep those costs down.”

Binational Health Week activities are held in the United States, México, Canada, and several countries in Central America and South America. This year the initiative will implement five national campaigns for oral health, obesity and diabetes, disability and autism,, prevention of addictions and gangs among adolescents, and health care access.

“Binational Health week is part of the county’s overall strategy to provide real prevention like health screenings and education in the heart of our communities, especially where these services have been difficult to access in the past,” said Supervisor Liz Kniss, Chairperson of the Board’s Health and Hospital Committee. “Initiatives such as Binational Health Week demonstrate how we can address issues that go beyond borders by working together.”

More than 20 different activities have been scheduled in Santa Clara County for Binational Health Week. They include free health fairs, screenings, flu shots, workshops and a youth summit. Topics will cover health issues such as diabetes, obesity, nutrition, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

“We have forged innovative collaborations through Binational Health Week and this will benefit everyone in the long run,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Dave Cortese. “Working together we can improve the conditions of our families, our communities and the communities that surround us.”

“Binational Health Week helps to provide crucial healthcare to people who might be experiencing life threatening diseases and have no knowledge of it,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith. “This is the time of the year when we can reinforce our ongoing efforts to educate young people and adults about how to best take care of their health.”

“The Public Health Department will continue to work with County departments and community health organizations to ensure that our efforts reach thousands of County residents during Binational Health Week and beyond,” said Dan Peddycord, Santa Clara County’s Public Health Director. “We believe that a healthy community is a strong community.”

Planning partners for the 2010 Binational Health Week in Santa Clara County include: County of Santa Clara, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, the Consulate General of México in San José, Kaiser Permanente – Division of Research, The Health Trust, First 5 – Santa Clara County, Council on Aging, Steps to a Healthier CA, Health Initiative of the Americas, Parents Helping Parents, Fiesta Educativa, Catholic Charities, The Flea Market – Berryessa Road, St. Louise Regional Hospital, Anthem, the Office of Senator Elaine Alquist, La Region Supermarket and 2-1-1 Santa Clara County.

About Binational Health Week

Global estimates indicate that last year over 5,000 activities were coordinated as part of Binational Health Week and benefited more than 700,000 people. Activities involved the participation of nearly 11,000 agencies and 17,000 volunteers who collaborated with 140 consulates.

In 2009, Binational Health Week reached an estimated 13,755 Latino immigrants in Santa Clara County.
Data included:

Total number of participants: 13,755
Volunteers: 600
Total participating agencies: 96
Health education materials distributed: 65,000
Total number of health screenings: 2,898
Blood pressure screening: 1,000
Cholesterol screening: 400
Glucose screening: 1,000
Seasonable Flu Vaccines: 1,860
HIV Rapid Test: 70



BINATIONAL HEALTH WEEK EVENTS CALENDAR


Saturday, October 2, 2010

South County Collaborative Community Health Day
Día de la salud de la comunidad de Gilroy
11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Rebekah Children’s Services
290 IOOF Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020
Dozens of participating agencies will provide information and services, including health screenings, medical advice and health education at no cost to participants. Event includes cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure checks, and HIV education and testing. Health day is combined with Celebración del Campo and a community job fair. Consulate General of Mexico staff will provide information on consulate related affairs.
Kaiser Permanente will sponsor a Teddy Bear Clinic to provide health messages and teddy bears for kids. Raffles and entertainment for the entire family.

Gilroy Youth Empowerment Summit 2010
Seminario para jóvenes en Gilroy
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
277 IOOF Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020
Event encourages local young leaders to develop goals and action plans around initiatives on their campuses or communities. Event will address critical health related issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, and gang prevention, nutrition and health, teen pregnancy and social relationships.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Santa Clara County’s Binational Health Week Opening Ceremony
Ceremonia de Apertura de Sexta Semana Binacional de Salud en el Condado de Santa Clara
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
County Government Center (Back Patio)
70 West Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110.
Binational Health Week Kick off – Featuring County of Santa Clara Supervisors George Shirakawa, District 2; Ken Yeager, President, Liz Kniss, District 5, Dave Cortese, District 3, Cónsul General of México David Figueroa Ortega, Jeffrey V. Smith, County Executive, and Dan Peddycord, Santa Clara County Public Health Director. Ceremony to gather representatives from County agencies, Community based organizations and volunteers

Folkloric Presentation by Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Health Fair at Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado de México
115 North Fourth St. San José, CA 95112
9:00 a.m. – 12:00.p.m.
Information and presentation of nutrition programs, blood sugar, cholesterol and body composition analysis. Health insurance information.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Town Hall Meeting and Health Resource Fair to Prevent Obesity
Foro comunitario y feria de salud
Public forum on health disparities and interactive dialogue with experts.
Forum: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. - Fair: 12 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Center for Employment Training (CET), Sobrato Theater
701 Vine Street, San José, CA 95110

Health Fair at Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado de México
115 North Fourth St. San José, CA 95112
9:00 a.m. – 12:00.p.m.
Information and presentation of dental services, blood sugar, cholesterol and body composition analysis. Health insurance information.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

South County Conference
Cultural Competency in Health Care Delivery to Latino Immigrants
The Mexican Immigrant: Cross-Cultural Communication in Health Care
Topics include:
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center
17000 Monterey Road (at East Dunne Ave.), Morgan Hill, 95037
Topics include: Cross-cultural training on Oaxacan culture, cultural competency in health care delivery to Mexican immigrant elders, and Mexican home remedies. CEU’s offered. Cost: $30

Health Fair at Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado de México
115 North Fourth St. San José, CA 95112
9:00 a.m. – 12:00.p.m.
Information and presentation about AIDS prevention. Blood sugar, cholesterol and body composition analysis. Health Insurance Information.

Healthy Steps in Silicon Valley -Workshop for older adults
Pasos Saludables en Silicon Valley – Taller para gente de edad avanzada
10 a.m. - 11:30 am
Gardner Adult Day Health Care Clinic (former MACSA building),
130 N. Jackson Ave., San Jose, CA
Workshop introducing a free “Healthy Steps” guide designed to provide resources and information on nutrition and exercise for sedentary, low-income adults 50 years and older.
Presentation will be given in Spanish, with English translation available.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Health Fair at Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado de México
115 North Fourth St. San José, CA 95112
9:00 a.m. – 12:00.p.m.
Information and presentation about cancer. Blood sugar, cholesterol and body composition analysis. Health insurance Information.

Healthy Steps in Silicon Valley - Workshop for older adults
Pasos Saludables en Silicon Valley – Taller para gente de edad avanzada
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Catholic Charities - Eastside Neighborhood Center
2150 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA
Workshop introducing a free “Healthy Steps” guide designed to provide resources and information on nutrition and exercise for sedentary, low-income adults 50 years and older.
Presentation will be given in Spanish, with English translation available.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Open Air Community Health Fair
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Berryessa Flea Market
1590 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95133
Free/Low cost testing and wellness screenings, including dental, HIV testing and prevention. Cholesterol and blood pressure, blood sugar/diabetes, lung screenings and body composition analysis. Obtain important information on healthy lifestyles, low cost family health insurance, and proper family dental care, access to additional onsite health services, health insurance referrals, and health education materials. Stroke risk assessment, educational information and demonstrations on nutrition and health and fitness; alcohol awareness and smoking cessation. Breast and cervical cancer health education.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Open Air Community Health Fair
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Berryessa Flea Market
1590 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95133
Free/Low cost testing and wellness screenings. Free Tdap vaccines (Tdap shots protect against whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus) for people 7 years and older. Free flu shots.
Public Health Department will provide HIV testing and prevention information. Cholesterol and blood pressure, blood sugar-diabetes, lung screenings and body composition analysis. Obtain important information on healthy lifestyles, low cost family health insurance, and proper family dental care, access to additional onsite health services, immunizations, health insurance referrals, and health education materials. Stroke risk assessment, educational information and demonstrations on nutrition and health and fitness; alcohol awareness and smoking cessation. Breast and cervical cancer health education.

Health Fair
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
La Región Supermarket & Carnicería
400 S. King Rd., San José, CA 95116
Stanford will offer blood pressure screening, health education and depression screening.
The Public Health department will offer flu and free Pertussis vaccinations (Tdap shots protect against whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus) for people 7 years and older. Tuberculosis testing, preparedness, lead poisoning, nutrition and tobacco information.
HIV testing, Tuberculosis preparedness info.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Health Fair at the Consulate General of Mexico in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado de México
115 North Fourth St. San José, CA 95112
9:00 a.m. – 12:00.p.m.
Information and presentation of nutrition programs. Blood sugar, cholesterol and body composition analysis. Health insurance Information.

STD Prevention & HIV/AIDS Workshop by Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Safer Sex Workshop
3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Robert Cruz Library Alum Rock Library
3090 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA 95127
14-19 years old are invited.
Topics include peer education, teen pregnancy prevention and HIV/AIDS education.

Fiesta Educativa Sur de la Bahia – Autism Research Workshop
Mini Conference for Parents Raising Children with Autism and other Special Healthcare Needs
(In Spanish/En Español).
Collaboration with Kaiser Permanente Division of Autism Research Program and center for Speech, Language and occupational Therapy and SEIU Local 521.
5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Free. Refreshments will be served
SEIU Local 521, 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95111.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Health Fair at Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado de México
115 North Fourth St. San José, CA 95112
9:00 a.m. – 12:00.p.m.
Information and presentation of dental services. Blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, and body composition analysis. Health insurance information.

Educational Health Bingo Workshops
Latinas Contra Cancer
255 North Market St. Ste. 175, San Jose, CA 95110
6:00 p.m.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Health Bingo educates women and men by increasing their knowledge of how to diminish cancer risk through healthy living and screenings, such as, clinical exams and mammograms for breast cancer.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Health Fair at Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado de México
115 North Fourth St. San José, CA 95112
9:00 a.m. – 12:00.p.m.
Information and presentation about AIDS prevention. Blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, and body composition analysis. Health insurance information.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Health Fair at Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado de México
115 North Fourth St. San José, CA 95112
9:00 a.m. – 12:00.p.m.
Bay Area National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Blood sugar and cholesterol screenings. Body composition analysis. Health insurance information.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

LET'S GET HEALTHY! Community Health Forum
Foro Comunitario de Salud
9:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave., San Jose, CA 95116
Free health screenings and services: Seasonal flu shots, free Pertussis vaccinations (Tdap shot protects against whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus) for people 7 years and older, Body composition analysis. Health insurance information. Blood pressure, cholesterol, dental inspection, eye exams, glucose screening, lung health check, physical therapy consultation, stress test.
Health fair: Information booths on wellness, care and prevention. Advice on common health issues affecting children.
Discussion: Inspirational presentation on La Mesa Verde (The Green Table) on building organic gardens at home; legislative address on current and future health care issues.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Maintaining and Active Mind and Reducing the Risks of Memory Loss
Mantenga su mente active y reduzca el riesgo de perder la memoria
Presentation in Spanish language-Presentación en Español
10:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Learning and Loving Education Center
16890 Church St. #16, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Participants will learn ways to reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Childcare and lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

6th Santa Clara County Binational Health Week Closing Ceremony
County of Santa Clara Government Center
County Of Santa Clara Supervisors Board Chambers
70 West Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
County Of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Supervisor George Shirakawa
, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, District 2
Supervisor Don Gage, County of Santa Clara Supervisors, District 1
Hon. David Figueroa Ortega, Cónsul General of México in San José
Dr. Martin Fenstersheib, MD, Health Officer for Santa Clara County
Reception and Music at Breezeway followed by official Presentation and Closing Ceremony
at Board Chambers.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Rocio Luna (408) 792-5078 and Molly Carbajal (408) 406-8239, Public Health Department; Teresa Vera (408) 294-3414 ext. 131, Consulate General in San José 
Posted: October 4, 2010

For more information, call 1-800-689-6669 or 2-1-1.