On Saturday, July 27th, LIAAC was among many other reputable organizations to attend the Annual Health Fair for the Community at the Rock of Salvation Church in Brentwood. The event was bursting with food, music, families, volunteers, Long Island’s non-profit organizations, and fun. Some of the other organizations in attendance were: Island Harvest, Family Service League, Community Action Partnership, Sisters United in Health, Suffolk County Department of Health Services, and Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Attendees enjoyed face painting and barbeque foods. Among the sights of the tables lined to voice their organization’s cause, there was the local police department, which had a rotating cop car simulator. The local fire department could not be out done with a fire safety display. Children and firefighters extinguished simulated fires.
Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, Office of Community Services and Minority Health, along with Voces Latinas/Childcare Providers Making the Difference, presented the event. The health fair was held from 11 am until 3 pm and the weather enabled the fun and education to keep on progressing through the day. LIAAC attended with two mobile outreach vans that provided free HIV testing for the duration of the fair. Community members waited to utilize the HIV testing services and learned their diagnosis in brief time, while others signed up for free blood pressure screenings.
Health fairs such as these are a reminder of what is truly important: our health and our safety. The event had significant attendance from Suffolk County’s Hispanic community. According to data from the New York State Department of Health, the Hispanic population on Long Island composes 28% percent of the newly diagnosed AIDS cases, but Hispanic populations only represent 16.5% of Suffolk County and 14.6% of Nassau. By witnessing the large numbers of people ready to learn about health and safety, LIAAC is assured that the community is health conscious and educated on their health status. Once those in our communities are educated– we can make positive changes. To learn more on upcoming Health events and news, be sure to follow LIAAC on Twitter and like our Facebook page.