Catholic Charities To Host Free Health Fair In Melrose Park, July 28

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago will host the first of three free community health fairs at Lady of Mount Carmel School, 1115 S. 23rd Ave. in Melrose Park, on July 28.

Attendees will be able to take advantage of free medical screenings, physical exams and back-to-school physicals, organizers of the fair said in a statement.

“I received a cholesterol screening at one of the health fairs by a volunteer nurse and was advised that I was in danger of suffering a stroke,” one client, who has been attending the health fairs since 2008, noted in the statement.

The client received a referral list of affordable local clinics and was asked to do an immediate follow-up with a doctor.

“The fairs are great for people without medical insurance,” she said. “I even decided to become a volunteer to help others find their diagnoses early.”

Kate Mulvaney, the director of health initiatives at Catholic Charities, said that the focus of the health fairs “is to provide basic medical services for all people who attend the health fair and connect them to local clinics for continuing preventative health care.”

Through the fairs, she said, Catholic Charities collaborates “with parishes, schools, and centers with high community involvement and hope to serve the uninsured and under-insured in these communities, connecting them to medical homes.”

Registration for all participants runs from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The health fair is from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no co-payment and identification is not required to receive services.

Volunteers are still needed to help guide participants through the health fair. An urgent need is for bilingual, Spanish-speaking volunteers.

To volunteer, or receive more information about the health fair, please call (312) 655-7441 or email kmulvaney@catholiccharities.net. VFP

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