Latino health fair is Saturday

Hundreds of people once again will come together at the South King County Latino Family Health Fair on Saturday for free health screenings, health information and community resources.

The fair will unfold at Grace Community Church, 320 Auburn Way S, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair will feature Spanish-speaking staff who will offer free Pap tests and mammograms, as well as dental, vision, blood pressure and diabetes screenings. Interested persons can call 1-800-756-5437 for more information or to make an appointment for a Pap test or mammogram.

“This health fair is an opportunity for communities in south King County to connect to valuable health information and services,” said Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health, Seattle & King County.

South King County experiences lower health status and more limited access to health care when compared with other areas of the county. In addition, Latinos are disproportionately affected by higher rates of adolescent births, physical inactivity, HIV and access to care.

The fair also is a stop on the “AppleHealth Bus” tour that has been traveling around the state to promote the AppleHealth for Kids program, a project aimed at boosting enrollment in children’s medical assistance programs.

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The health fair is a partnership among Public Health of Seattle & King County, Children’s Health Initiative, the Komen Foundation, the Washington Breast & Cervical Health Program, YWCA, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Washington Apple Health for Kids, the City of Auburn, the City of Federal Way, Community Health Plan, Molina Healthcare, Washington Health Foundation’s Community Health Access Program, Swedish Medical Center, the Avon Foundation, Christ Community Free Clinic, and Grace Community Church.