Hispanic health

Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness makes a mark on the Hispanic/Latino community

Did you know that about one in six people living in the United States is Hispanic?

The Hispanic and Latino community has unique health risks that many times go untreated due to barriers to health care. These barriers may include language, inadequate access to quality care, education, discrimination and income.

Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness wants to improve the lives of our Hispanic and Latino community members  by breaking down these barriers through improving access to screenings and medical care.

TRANSLATION: You can read the Hispanic Fair story in Spanish

On Aug. 5, the Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness team sponsored the 13th annual Hispanic/Latino Health Fair with support from many community partners, including Doors to Hope and the Hispanic Latino Coalition of Louisville.

Here’s what you missed:

  • Almost 400 people attended representing 11 countries: Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras and Venezuela
  • More than 200 adults (170 with no insurance) and 200 children (40 with no insurance) received free health screenings (colon cancer screenings, skin scope screenings, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, vision, dental and HIV rapid testing) and health education
  • 12 women were seen on the Norton Healthcare Mobile Prevention Center for no-cost breast and/or cervical cancer screenings.
  • 140 children received backpacks with school supplies
  • 40 families received diapers
  • 100 families received food and fresh fruit to take home 172 children took part in physical fitness activities

Thanks to these sponsors who helped make the health fair possible: Family Community Clinic, La Casita Center, UK Cooperative Extension Office, Center for Women & Infants at University of Louisville Hospital, Passport Health Plan, Louisville Free Public Libary, Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness, and Jameel T. Clark, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Preston, Unidos employee group from Humana, and generous volunteers

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