Colorado Alliance for Health Equity and Practice (CAHEP), working with Walgreens and the leadership of numerous Asian Pacific Islander and immigrant populations, delivered successful health fairs in the month of September. These fairs provided tremendous value to multiple target communities, including one held at the Vietnamese church.

The health fairs were a big success, attended by over 300 community members. More than 200 flu shots were given to anyone over the age of seven that qualified as uninsured and/or unable to pay for the shots. The flu shots were provided by Walgreens through a health and human services grant with complete coordination of services by CAHEP.

An additional 40 individuals received blood-draws for hepatic, lipid, diabetes, thyroid, and comprehensive blood chemistry. Test kits were also distributed for a colon cancer screening program (FOBT/FIT tests) by CAHEP’s program manager Suegie Park and the University of Colorado’s Cancer Center. Through this program, anyone diagnosed with colon cancer will receive treatment support.

Services were facilitated by community navigators and interpreters in a culturally respectful manner for all facets of the work — event planning, screenings during the event, and one-on-one care management after the event for follow-up care. In cases where a patient had an abnormal result, they were invited to visit clinics such as the one at CAHEP, where the same navigators were present to assist with language and cultural support needs of the patient and their families.

From the Vietnamese event, more than six patients made such appointments to receive some form of treatment by medical providers at CAHEP. This marked the seventh year that CAHEP has worked with the Vietnamese community in such a culturally effective manner, supporting them for family health and wellness, women’s health issues, emergency preparedness and response training, health fair based comprehensive screening, and follow-up care with referrals to partner clinics and medical providers at CAHEP. Fairs were also held with the Philippine Nurses Association, University of Colorado’s MAPS students, Korean community and Muslim community.

Besides Walgreens, other partners involved were: Stillwater Medical Training College, Regis Nursing Program, Pima Medical Institute, Big Heart Community Organization, and providers from the Vietnamese community. For more information about CAHEP, visit: www.cahep.org.