CFFN Health & Safety Fair (2004-2006)
Trainees: Han Vu & Emily Scott (Pediatric Residents)
CHPT Site: Children First - Flats Network
Synopsis: Together with Collaborative Coordinator Juanita Jue, Dr. Han Vu created a family event for members of the Flats community that would not only bring people together, but celebrate their culture while celebrating health as well.
Working with a largely Spanish-speaking population, Juanita and Dr. Han enlisted the help of local individuals and associations who knew and understood the culture of the community. Dr. Han rallied fellow pediatric residents and medical students along with drug representatives (for give away prizes); while Juanita worked with county officials to secure health screenings, and the CSUS Barrio Arts program to bring latino mask-making and other craft activities to the event.
With more than 300 community members in attendance, the event was deemed a success, and in 2005, Dr. Emily Scott, also a resident at UCD, volunteered to spearhead the 2nd installment of this now-annual event.
In 2006 and 2007, without residents available during the right time of year to implement the event, the Flats community felt so strongly about continuing the event that they took the resources, contacts and infrastructure laid out by Dr. Han and Dr. Emily in the first two years, to put on the fair themselves!
See Dr. Han's reflections by clicking on the document below.
Keywords: health access, Spanish, community building