by Polly Edmunds
The Promotoras and Centro Salud staff deserve hearty congratulations for conducting a wonderful health fair last Saturday, April 13 in the Central Park in Palomas. Both groups together planned an ambitious list of activities. Thanks to their hard work, everything ran smoothly. A big thank you goes to COBINA–the Binational Health Council–for providing the funding that made it possible!
The Promotoras checked blood pressure and glucose levels. They also served free burritos on whole wheat tortillas with vegies from their gardens plus donated ones they received from stores in town. The grocery stores also donated fresh fruit and bottled water so that was available, as well.
Thanks to Healthy Start in Deming, they were able give some prizes to children for participating, as well as pamphlets on health topics to their parents. Books are Gems, an El Paso nonprofit organization, also donated some children’s books to give away.
Dr. Carrasco and her assistant administered free rabies shots for many local dogs. They also brought children’s vitamins, Border Binational Health Week caps, and lots of literature to give away.
Zumba sessions through the day and a jumping cage set up for the kids were very popular!
In addition, the Promotoras asked students from the beauty school in town to give free haircuts. Many people who had not been able to have a haircut for a long time were very happy to receive this service.
This health fair was very successful and I hope it will prove to be the first of many joint projects for Centro Salud and the Promotoras.
Click this link to view a survey of photos from the day at our Flickr site. You will see what I mean!