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County Launches 7th Annual Binational Health Week

Health Fairs, Screenings, Workshops to Raise Awareness, Provide Health Access and Services to Underserved Immigrants

 

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County of Santa Clara is once again partnering with the Consulate General of México in San José and community-based organizations to host Santa Clara County’s 7th Annual Binational Health Week (BHW). This year’s health events and activities will take place October 1 -17 throughout Santa Clara County, at the heart of underserved communities, many of them Latin American immigrants.

“The significance of Binational Health Week could never be greater,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor George Shirakawa. “Currently, one out of every four residents in Santa Clara County is Latino. While the overall health status of Latinos in Santa Clara County is good, there are significant disparities impacting Latino immigrants. About 15 percent of Latinos in our county live below poverty level, and Latinos have the lowest rate of healthcare coverage in Santa Clara County.”

This year, Santa Clara County’s Binational Health Week will focus on providing health resources and promoting awareness among the Latino community on the topics of healthcare access, chronic and communicable diseases, women’s health and mental health issues.

“The health of a family is completely linked to the productivity of the person and thus the productivity of a society,” said Consul General of México in San José Carlos Ponce Martínez. “We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of this collaboration that gives the migrant community access to much needed health services.”

Latino immigrants suffer disproportionally from higher rates of obesity, diabetes, teen pregnancy, poverty and violence. There are multiple barriers to health care for the Latino immigrant community; they include lack of information and access to health care services, limited culturally and linguistically competent services, lack of financial resources to pay for medical expenses, reduced opportunities to access employer‐provided health insurance, and immigration documentation status.

“As health care providers of the last resort, the County knows that it is smart to focus on health education and prevention,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Mike Wasserman. “Binational Health Week demonstrates that caring for others is not an option, it is a responsibility.”

Nationwide, Binational Health Week activities are held in at least 40 states and 3 provinces in Canada, with the participation of the consular networks in the United States of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Additionally, during BHW, national campaigns are implemented to promote awareness among the underserved Latino community.

“Binational Health Week exemplifies collaboration in action, because of the strong partnerships the Santa Clara County Public Health Department has forged with the Consulate General of México in San José, and dozens of public agencies, community based organizations and volunteers,” said County Executive Jeff Smith. “We are committed to maintaining Santa Clara County’s health with efforts that go even beyond the scope of this massive health mobilization initiative.”

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

“While recent immigrants often arrive to this country with healthy behaviors and generally good health, their health often begins to decline after only five years of being here,” said Santa Clara County Public Health Department Director Dan Peddycord. ”Binational Health Week is crucial to improving the health and well-being of our community by offering services such as health education, workshops, and referrals that will help improve the health of Santa Clara County’s Latino community.”

“We care very much about protecting the health of the Latino community here in Santa Clara County, and we must work together to make sure Latino immigrants find paths that lead to promoting their health, so that they are equipped to handle a wide variety of health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, HIV, and cancer,” added Dr. Martin Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County Health Officer. “Binational Health Week is a great opportunity to encourage and teach them to practice healthy lifestyles so that the Latino community can live long and productive lives.”


About Binational Health Week

Global estimates indicate that last year nearly 4,000 activities were coordinated as part of Binational Health Week, directly benefiting over 734,657 people. More than 10,000 agencies and 15,000 volunteers collaborated along with 150 consulates.

Planning partners for the 2011 Binational Health Week in Santa Clara County include County of Santa Clara, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, AlertSCC, Center for Employment Training (CET), Children Dental Center, Community Health Partnership, East Valley Community Clinic DBA Mar Monte Community Clinic, City of San Jose (East Valley/680 Neighborhood Action Coalition — Let’s Move San Jose), First5 Santa Clara County, Foothill Community Health Center, Gardner Family Health Network, CareMore, Gilroy Behavioral Health Clinic, Gilroy Unified School District, Health Care Options, The Health Trust, Kaiser Permanente, Latinas Contra Cancer, Maximus, Meridian Medical Group, Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA), Parents & Community for Education, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Rebekah Children’s Services, Saint Louise Regional Hospital, South County Collaborative, Office of Senator Elaine Alquist, San Jose State University Health Science Department, Santa Clara Family Health Plan Foundation, Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations, Santa Clara County Office of Public Affairs, Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center, Stanford University (Arbor Free Clinic), University of California Cooperative Extension, Vision & Compromiso, and 2-1-1 Santa Clara County.


SANTA CLARA COUNTY 7TH ANNUAL BINATIONAL HEALTH WEEK
EVENTS CALENDAR
(Calendar includes entire Santa Clara County Binational Health Week list of events)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Community Health Forum and Health Fair
Foro Comunitario y Feria de Salud
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Ave., San José, CA 95116
Free health screenings and services: Acupuncture assessments, Body Mass Index, blood pressure, cholesterol, chiropractic consultations, dental checks, eye exams, flu Shots (seasonal), glucose, lung health screening, HIV testing, and stress test. Information booth on wellness, care and prevention.

Public Health Department Mobile Unit: Rapid Testing for HIV
Exámen rápido para el SIDA
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Ave., San José, CA 95116

Gilroy Youth Summit 2011
Seminario para jóvenes en Gilroy (Inscripción previa es obligatoria)
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA) Multipurpose Room
277 IOOF Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020
Gilroy middle and high school students will learn skills to help them prevent substance abuse and violence. Through interactive workshops, students will learn about nutrition and health, healthy relationships, how to avoid alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as well as gangs and violence. Event encourages local young leaders to develop goals and action plans around initiatives on their campuses or communities. Registration is mandatory.

Gilroy Community Health Day
Día de la salud para la comunidad de Gilroy
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Rebekah Children’s Services
290 I00F Avenue, Gilroy, CA 95020
A FREE community health and disaster preparedness event. Receive health screenings, education, and referrals. Learn about the many community resources available and how to take care of yourself and your family in case of an emergency. Music, prizes, entertainment for children.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Opening Ceremony - Santa Clara County’s 7th Binational Health Week
Ceremonia de Apertura de Séptima Semana Binacional de Salud del Condado de Santa Clara
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
County Government Center James P. McEntee Plaza (Front Plaza)
70 West Hedding St., San José, CA 95110.
Featuring County of Santa Clara Supervisors George Shirakawa, District 2; Mike Wasserman, District 1; Consul General of México Carlos Ponce Martínez; County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith; and Santa Clara County Public Health Director Dan Peddycord and Santa Clara County Health Officer Martin Fenstersheib, MD, MPH.
Ceremony to gather representatives from County agencies, community based organizations and volunteers
Performance by Folkloric Dance Company Ballet Folklórico Las Estrellas

Health Fair at the Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado General de México en San José
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd., San José, CA, 95131
Presentations on cancer awareness, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV. Event co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, the Community Health Partnership, Latinas Contra Cáncer, The Health Trust and Meridian Medical Group (a doctor will be present). Seguro Popular representatives will be available. Consulate General of Mexico will be open to provide information on consulate related affairs.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Health Fair at the Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado General de México en San José
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd., San José, CA, 95131
Nutrition and Diabetes. Event Co-sponsored by University of California, The Health Trust and Meridian Medical Group (a doctor will be present). Seguro Popular representatives will be available. Consulate General of México will be open to provide information on consulate related affairs.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Health Fair at the Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado General de México en San José
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd. San José, CA, 95131
Natural Disasters/Prevention of Emergencies. Co-sponsored by County of Santa Clara AlertSCC, The Health Trust, Meridian Medical Group (a doctor will be present), CareMore Health Plan and Visión y Compromiso, Seguro Popular representatives will be available. Consulate General of México will be open to provide information on consulate related affairs.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Health Fair at the Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado General de México en San José
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd., San José, CA, 95131
Dental Health, Autism. Co-sponsored by Children Dental Group, The Health Trust and Meridian Medical Group (a doctor will be present). Seguro Popular representatives will be available. Consulate General of México will be open to provide information on consulate related affairs.

7th Santa Clara County Binational Health Week South County Conference: 
Decreasing Latino Health Disparities: A Focus on Systemic Change

Conferencia del Sur del Condado
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
17000 Monterey Rd. Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Cost: $50
A professional conference intended to foster an understanding of the special psychosocial and health needs of Latino immigrants ,effective intervention strategies and service delivery improvements.
Includes Continuing Education Credits for nurses, health educators, dietitians, licensed clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Fee includes all conference materials, lunch and refreshments.
Registration must be received by October 1. For more information, contact Lillian.Castillo@phd.sccgov.org (408) 852-2305

Friday, October 7, 2011

Health Fair at the Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado General de México en San José
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd., San José, CA, 95131
Santa Clara County Public Health Department will have a mobile unit for HIV Rapid testing and will offer an educational presentation. Co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, The Health Trust and Meridian Medical Group (a doctor will be present). Consulate General of México will be open to provide information on consulate related affairs.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Open Air Community Health Fair
Feria de Salud al aire libre
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
San Jose Berryessa Flea Market
1590 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95133
Services and resources offered at this health fair include: Blood glucose, blood pressure, total cholesterol and BMI screenings. Booths addressing lung health, illness prevention, stroke information, breast health and other health/wellness issues. Health clinic referrals, flu shots, garden and nutrition activities, ZUMBA, dental services, oral hygiene information. Co-sponsored by The Health Trust.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Open Air Community Health Fair
11:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.
San Jose Berryessa Flea Market
1590 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95133
Services and resources offered at this Health fair include: Blood glucose, blood pressure, total cholesterol and BMI screenings. Booths addressing lung health, illness prevention, stroke information, breast health and other health/wellness issues. Health clinic referrals, flu shots, garden and nutrition activities, ZUMBA, dental services, oral hygiene information. Co-sponsored by The Health Trust.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Educational Health Bingo Workshop at the Consulate General of México in San José
Bingo Educativo en el Consulado General de México en San José
5:00 -9:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd., San José, CA, 95131
Truth and myths regarding prostate cancer. Tests you can take to determine if you are at risk. Information about prostate cancer history and examination. Cancer related materials will be provided. Mobile Unit to provide prostate exams for men who attend health bingo workshop. A nurse will teach how to conduct self-exams. People who have registered previously and qualify might be eligible for a physical.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Health Fair at the Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado General de México en San José
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd., San José, CA, 95131
Nutrition and Diabetes. Event Co-sponsored by University of California, The Health Trust CareMore Health Plan and Meridian Medical Group (a doctor will be present). Seguro Popular representatives will be available. Consulate General of México will be open to provide information on consulate related affairs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Health Fair at the Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado General de México en San José
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd., San José, CA, 95131
Natural Disasters/Prevention of Emergencies. Co-sponsored by County of Santa Clara AlertSCC, The Health Trust, Meridian Medical Group (a doctor will be present), CareMore Health Plan and Visión y Compromiso, Seguro Popular representatives will be available. Consulate General of México will be open to provide information on consulate related affairs.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Health Fair at the Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado General de México en San José
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd., San José, CA, 95131
Dental Health, Autism. Co-sponsored by Children Dental Group, The Health Trust and Meridian Medical Group (a doctor will be present). Seguro Popular representatives will be available. Consulate General of México will be open to provide information on consulate related affairs.

Center for Employment Training (CET) Health & Resource Fair
Feria de Salud y Recursos
10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Center for Employment Training (CET) – Multipurpose Room
701 Vine Street, San José, CA 95110
Dozens of resource tables. Participants include representatives from Tobacco Prevention, health and immunization programs, and the American Heart Association. Workshops from various organizations. Fair is open to the community and the 500 trainees enrolled in CET classes and programs.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Health Fair at the Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado General de México en San José
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd. San José, CA, 95131
Santa Clara County Public Health Department will have a mobile unit for HIV Rapid testing and will offer an educational presentation. Co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, The Health Trust and Meridian Medical Group (a doctor will be present). Consulate General of México will be open to provide information on consulate related affairs.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Let’s Move San José/5K Walk through East San Jose
Camina portu Salud /Caminata por el Este de San José
8:00 -11:00 a.m.
PAL Stadium, 680 South 34 Street, San Jose, CA 95116
9:00 a.m. – 12:00.p.m.

Health and Resource Fair
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
PAL Stadium, 680 South 34 Street, San Jose, CA 95116
Health Screenings, exhibits, materials, resource tables, interactive activities for children and giveaways. Event is co-sponsored by the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Health Fair at the Consulate General of México in San José
Feria de Salud en el Consulado General de México en San José
9:00 -11:30. a.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd., San José, CA, 95131
Santa Clara County Public Health Department will have a mobile unit for HIV Rapid testing and will offer an educational presentation. Co-sponsored by Santa Clara County Public Health Department, Community Health Partnership, The Health Trust, Latinas Contra Cancer, Meridian Medical Group (a doctor will be present). Consulate General of México will be open to provide information on consulate related affairs.

7th Santa Clara County Binational Health Week Closing Ceremony
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Rd., San Jose, CA
Closing event highlights week’s activities and achievements.
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Dave Cortese
, President, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Supervisor George Shirakawa, District 2
Hon. Carlos Ponce Martínez, Consul General of México in San José
Dan Peddycord, Santa Clara County Public Health Director
Martin Fenstersheib, MD, MPH, Santa Clara County Health Officer

For more information, call 1-800-689-6669

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Amy Cornell, Public Health Department (408) 792-5155; Marta Lugo, Public Health Department (408) 792-5107; Teresa Vera, Consulate of México in San José (408) 294-3414 ext. 131
Posted: October 3, 2011