3 health fairs, 2 outreach events, 40+ people screened - May and June have been busy months for the Hep B Project! Aside from our weekly clinics, we've had wonderful opportunities to help out at various events and attend health fairs. One notable event was the on-site screening event at VACCEB (Vietnamese American Community Center of the Easy Bay) - within three hours, we screened an astonishing number of 41 people, with over 50 people coming in and out of the table the volunteers set up.
The Hep B Project traveled to Oakland's Laurel United Methodist Church today for another on-site screening. Today's event provided the unique chance to reach out to a specifically Pacific Islander population. Although, Pacific Islanders are one of the Project's target populations, they only make up a fraction of its total patients. Today proved an important step towards changing that.
Additionally, the event was attended my Kelly Banh, 2010-2011 Miss California National US. Kelly advocates across the state not only for Hepatitis B, but also for community disaster education and first aid with the American Red Cross.
Below are a few pictures from the event. Thank you again, to Kelly, Ying, Kathy, and all the volunteers that made this event possible. Over 20 were registered for our on-site screenings!
The Hep B Project Team and Kelly in front of our table for on-site screenings
Ying providing on-site blood draw to a member of the community
Miss California with our very own Kathy Ahoy!
This weekend The Hep B Project was invited to table at Laney College's Youth Health Fair, sponsored by Assemblyman Swanson.
About 500 people were expected to attend and though we did not encounter a large population of APIs, volunteers were able to network with many organizations at the event. In fact, about 4-5 representatives from different organizations came to our table and asked us to present at their workshops.
Additionally, we were able to meet some members of Volunteer Health Interpreters Organization as they were helping out Alameda County Hep B Free who shared a table with us. Overall, this was a very unexpectedly successful event.
"This event was a lot of new experiences for me," said volunteer Jin Yang. "Trying to build connections for promoting The Hep B Project was one thing, but the health fair itself made me realize that there are so many people trying to raise awareness for a number of different health issues."
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