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County Launches 8th Annual Binational Health Week

Activities to Benefit Thousands of Underserved Immigrants, Latino Health Assessment Report Released

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – For the eighth consecutive year, the County of Santa Clara is partnering with the Consulate General of México in San José, and dozens of community-based organizations, to host Santa Clara County’s Annual Binational Health Week (BHW).
This year’s series of health activities and events will take place October 1 -16, 2012.

“Santa Clara County is fortunate to have a very diverse population and we celebrate this diversity in many different ways,” said President George Shirakawa, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “Binational Health Week gives us an opportunity to work in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and reach out to Hispanic members of our communities who are among the medically underserved.” 

Today’s Binational Health Week Opening Ceremony launches a series of health education and health promotion events - nearly 30 this year - that includes workshops, health fairs and a variety of health screenings and tests, soccer tournaments and insurance referrals for low-income Hispanic immigrants in Santa Clara County. Coordinators are focusing on Access to Health Care and Health Care Reform, Women’s and Adolescents’ Health, Mental Health, Chronic and Infectious Diseases and Occupational Health. 

“The health of the Mexican families residing within our jurisdiction will always be a primary concern for the Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose,” said Consul General Carlos Ponce Martínez. “Our goal for Binational Health Week is to intensify our efforts, together with County representatives and the community as a whole, so that we can connect people with local health institutions and agencies that can provide health care services at lower costs.”

This year results from the Latino Health Assessment will be released in the Status of Latino/Hispanic Health: Santa Clara County, California, 2012 - http://bit.ly/New_Latino_Health_Report.  The comprehensive report of health status of the Latino/Hispanic community identifies socioeconomic factors that can influence Latino/Hispanic health, and assess the conditions in various neighborhoods as they relate to obesity, nutrition, physical activity, and safety.

The assessment conducted by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department in collaboration with the Office of the President of the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors will be revealed at a public forum scheduled for October 15.

“While Santa Clara County enjoys recognition as one of the healthiest communities in California, a closer look reveals that our residents with different socio-economic conditions often experience health disparities,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith. “Last year we conducted a health assessment of the Vietnamese community.  This same analysis now has been conducted for the Hispanic immigrant community, providing us with a valuable tool to address these needs.”
 
Latino immigrants face significant barriers to health care, such as lack of information and access, limited culturally- and linguistically-competent services, insufficient financial resources to pay for medical expenses, reduced opportunities for employer‐provided health insurance, and immigration documentation status.  Binational Health Week provides crucial resources and assistance to those who might not have seen a doctor since they arrived in the United States, or in some cases their entire lives.

“The health of immigrants coming to the United States typically begins to decline within a few years of arrival, so resources and services available at Binational Health Week are a great opportunity for us to address this problem,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County Health Officer. “The Status of Latino/Hispanic Health: Santa Clara County, California, 2012 report, will provide a roadmap to continue addressing issues that most affect our Latino community, such as high rates of overweight and obesity, low levels of physical activity, poor nutrition, and often high rates of injury and violence.” 

Binational Health Week (BHW) is one of the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the health and well-being of underserved immigrants from Latin America living in the United States and Canada.  Just last year over 10,000 participants benefited from health activities conducted in Santa Clara County alone during Binational Health Week, thanks to the support of dozens of County agencies, private initiatives, community-based organizations, and hundreds of volunteers. 

“Thanks to the amazing partnership of agencies and the hard work of many individuals, we are able to connect Santa Clara County’s Latino community with important services and information that will help address and improve health and well-being,” said Santa Clara County Public Health Director Dan Peddycord. “Our coalition of partners reaffirms our fundamental commitment to working together towards improving the health of our Latino community for today, and for our future.” 

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.   Santa Clara County has actively supported and led Binational Health Week activities for the past eight years.

 
SANTA CLARA COUNTY 8TH ANNUAL BINATIONAL HEALTH WEEK EVENTS CALENDAR
(Calendar includes entire Santa Clara County Binational Health Week list of events)
 
SANTA CLARA COUNTY 8TH BINATIONAL HEALTH WEEK EVENTS CALENDAR
 
 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Consulate General of Mexico Kick-off Reception
5:00 p.m.
The Consulate is hosting a reception to kick off Binational Health Week with Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Torneo de Fútbol Copa México (Soccer tournament)
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
South Valley Middle School, 385 I.O.O.F Ave., Gilroy

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Torneo de Fútbol Copa México (Soccer Tournament)
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
South Valley Middle School, 385 I.O.O.F Ave., Gilroy

Monday, October 1, 2012

Opening Ceremony - Santa Clara County’s 8th Binational Health Week
Ceremonia de Apertura de Octava Semana Binacional de Salud
del Condado de Santa Clara
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
County Government Center (Back Patio, behind Board Chambers)
70 West Hedding St., San José, CA 95110.
Featuring County of Santa Clara Supervisors George Shirakawa, President, District 2; and Dave Cortese, District 3; Consul General of México Carlos Ponce Martínez; County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith; Deputy County Executive Rene Santiago; 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

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Celebrating Families/Celebrando Familias
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
EMQ Families First
232 East Gish Rd. San Jose, CA
Free community event designed to celebrate families in our community. Workshops will focus on how to work with diverse families.


Wednesday, October 3,2012

Eat Healthy! Eat Smart!
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA
Free nutrition information and activities, including BMI check, caloric recommendations and more!  

Herencia Hispana y la Donación
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA
An information panel to raise awareness to the Hispanic community about the importance of registering as a transplant donor.

Gavilan College Health Fair
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Gavilan College
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, CA 95020
Free community health fair that will host various health organizations, providing free health services, education and health promotion activities.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Mission College Health Fair
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Mission College
300 Mission College Blvd. (Main Building -Center Space) 
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Community Health Fair providing health resources. Screenings and health education to the community at large

Eighth Santa Clara County Binational Health Week Conference:
The Health of Latino Youth in Santa Clara County
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
17000 Monterey Rd.
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
A professional conference intended to foster an understanding of Latino immigrants’ health needs.  Conference themes include pediatric obesity and the health of Latino youth, Latino youth violence prevention, human trafficking, gang deterrence, bullying, depression and isolation, and restorative justice. 
Cost: $30 includes conference materials, lunch, and refreshments. Five continuing education credits are available for health educators, dietitians, nurses and social workers.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Gilroy Community Health Day
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Rebekkah Children’s Services
290 IOOF Avenue, Gilroy, CA 95030
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, and more.

Community Health Forum /Foro Comunitario
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.

Health and Harvest Fair / Feria de salud
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Emma Prusch Farm Park
647 S. King Road
San Jose, CA 95116
Free family-filled event promoting health and wellness through various activities:  Pumpkin patch, family games, nutritious food sales, farm animals, cooking demonstrations, plant sales, rare fruit auction, field day and more!

Medicare & Healthcare Forum. What does Healthcare Reform  Mean to you?
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Noon)
Orchard Banquet Hall at Campbell Community Center
1W Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008
Assembly member Jim Beall is hosting a FREE Medicare and Healthcare Forum with the Council on Aging Silicon Valley. California’s top healthcare experts will discuss how healthcare reform affects you and how to avoid mistakes that could cost you hundreds of dollars in healthcare and prescription costs. Expert counselors will walk you through how to select the best Medicare health and supplemental plans for you or a family member.

Finales de Torneo de Fútbol Copa México (Soccer tournament - finals)
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
South Valley Middle School, 385 I.O.O.F Ave., Gilroy


Sunday. October 7, 2012

Finales de Torneo de Fútbol Copa México (Soccer Tournament- finals)
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
South Valley Middle School, 385 I.O.O.F Ave., Gilroy


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Women’s Healthcare/Cuidado de Salud de la Mujer
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Road, San José
Dr. Rose Heredia, from the Genesis Clinic of San Jose will share health information on nutrition, sexuality, birth control, routine examinations and more.  Free pregnancy tests will be distributed to attendees.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Detox the Body Workshop/Taller de Salud:  Desintoxicación de l organismo
5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Road, San José
Dr. Martha Mejia, graduate intern at Stanford University, will lead a free workshop and address the following topics: the elimination of body toxins, disease prevention and food that helps detoxify the body.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Health Promotion Fair
Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health and Wellness
1:00p.m.-4:00p.m.
John XXIII Health Clinic
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
195 E. San Fernando St. First floor, San Jose
Free Health Fair for adults (19 and over) providing health coaching, screening and education services in a patient-centric health home model; information on integrated primary and behavioral health care services, and information/referrals to community-based resources.

Breast Cancer Bingo
5:30 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Road, San José
A FREE Breast Cancer workshop, bingo and raffle coordinated by Latinas Contra Cancer. No-cost clinical breast exams will be available through a mobile unit.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Verte Bien, Sentirte Bien
5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Road, San José
A fun filled event coordinated by Fiesta Educativa with multiple activities available to the public at no cost: ZUMBA, massages, stylist and nutrition specialist.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

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
Free two-day event. 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 (Only on Saturday), garden and nutrition activities, ZUMBA, dental services, oral hygiene information. Co-sponsored by The Health Trust.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Day on the Bay
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Alviso Marina County Park, 1195 Hope Street, Alviso.
The Day on the Bay is a multicultural festival focused on health and wellness. There will be free flu shots, diabetes testing, eye exam, tooth mobile, blood mobile and a fitness clinic for youth and young adults, all intended to motivate the community to make positives change in health behavior. Coordinated by the Office of County of Santa Clara Supervisor Dave Cortese.


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
Free two-day event. 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, garden and nutrition activities, ZUMBA, dental services, oral hygiene information. Co-sponsored by The Health Trust.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Latino Health Report Community Forum
Status of Latino/Hispanic Health: Santa Clara County, California, 2012
8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Mexican Heritage Plaza - School of Arts & Culture
1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA
Community leaders, stakeholders and community partners will gather to discuss the findings from this report.
Information:  (408) 792-5277 or Maritza.Rodriguez@phd.sccgov.org


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

8th Binational Health Week Closing Ceremony
11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Consulate General of México in San José
2125 Zanker Road, San José
Ceremony to gather representatives from County agencies, community based organizations and volunteers to provide a report highlighting efforts and accomplishments.
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
President George Shirakawa, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, District 2
Supervisor Mike Wasserman, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, District 1
Supervisor Dave Cortese, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, District 3
Rene Santiago, Deputy County Executive for Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System
Hon. Carlos Ponce Martínez, Consul General of México in San José
Dan Peddycord, Santa Clara County Public Health Director
Dr. Martin Fenstersheib, MD, MPH, Santa Clara County Health Officer
Representatives from County agencies, community organizations and volunteers

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

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Amy Cornell (408) 792-5155; Marta Lugo (408) 792-5107 Public Health Department; Ana Maria Osorio, Consulate of México in San José (408) 294-3414 ext. 131
Posted: October 1, 2012