Local political leaders will lend their support to a free community event this weekend when they welcome guests to the T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society Health Fair, Saturday, Aug. 2, at 9 a.m. at FoundCare Health Center, 2330 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach.
Palm Beach County Mayor Priscilla Taylor, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach City Commissioner Keith James and Village of Palm Springs Vice Mayor Sergio Escalada will be on hand to welcome and talk with constituents who seek basic health care for both children and adults, which the Jefferson Medical Society provides through its legions of volunteer physicians and nurses at the annual event.
Services on Saturday will include free checkups, back-to-school physicals and immunizations; dental screenings; vision testing; pap smears; breast exams; diabetic testing; blood glucose and cholesterol level checks; HIV testing; and breathing capacity checks. The back-to-school physicals and immunizations are for 2-month-old infants up to 18-year-old children. Parents must bring immunization records for their children.
The free health fair focuses on offering health care and education to underserved, uninsured and at-risk community members.
“Despite advances with the Affordable Care Act, the necessity of this event shows that affordable health care is still a very important issue and need in our communities,” said Mayor Taylor, who will speak to attendees at the event’s opening along with Mayor Muoio.
“This is such a great example of professional volunteers giving back to the community and carrying on the legacy of T. Leroy Jefferson, Palm Beach County’s first African-American physician,” said Mayor Muoio. “The Jefferson Medical Society deserves the public’s support.”
The event will also include presentations on living healthier lifestyles and health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), HIV, diabetes, and heart disease. There will also be presentations on smoking cessation, physical fitness, nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices and fire safety. Infant car seat education/training and free backpacks will be available.
“T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society and our community partners are very pleased to offer access to health care to those who otherwise might go without it,” said Dr. Dudley Brown Jr., who is co-chairing the event for the second consecutive year along with Dr. Seth Crapp.
Free transportation will be provided every half hour during the fair from Washington Elementary, 1709 W. 30th St., Riviera Beach; West Riviera Beach Elementary School, 1057 W. Sixth St., Riviera Beach; and Urban League of Palm Beach County, 1700 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach.
West Palm Beach-based T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society comprises a group of health care professionals united to improve the health and wellness for underserved populations through the provision of health care, education and youth development.