Santa Maria residents packed the Pacific Pride Foundation Health Fair on Feb. 22.

More than 200 people packed the Pacific Pride Foundation headquarters Saturday, Feb. 22, for a free health fair that provided HIV and Hepatitis C (HEP C) tests to attendees. 

The target population for this event was the monolingual, Spanish-speaking community. Community Health Centers (CHC) lent their mobile unit for blood pressure screenings, glucose tests, and flu shots.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department provided three Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment workers who signed people up to enroll for health care. Covered California also provided a representative, who offered information about ACA enrollment.

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Informational booths included: Planned Parenthood; California Rural Legal Association (CRLA), which gives legal information primarily to the migrant worker population; the Migrant Education Program; Promotoras de Salud, a Marian Medical Center program, whose members enrolled fair attendees for nutrition classes; Listos, a disaster preparedness program; 4Life, whose members shared information on healthy living (nutrition, supplements, exercise, etc.); Transitions Mental Health Association,whose staff provided information on how to access mental health services; Okey Magazine; La Compa radio; and Vaqueras Mexican food truck.

The Foundation’s headquarters is located at 819 West Church Street in Santa Maria.

Info: 805-349-9947 ext. 107.

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