Posted by: menotmd | October 9, 2009

True Health Reform – El Planeta’s Health Fair ’09

So a couple of days ago, one of my roommates told me that he had a job to shoot (he’s a video editor) a community health event. It’s been a minute since I’ve been to a community health fair and as I get deeper into the health/medicine 2.0 movement, I find myself asking the question, where is my community represented? How do I bring attention to folks in my communities (latino/african american/urban) that there’s this whole side of internet that would benefit them in ways that could be lifesaving? Why aren’t underserved folks being represented in this movement? I could offer a number of reasons, but this post ain’t about that aspect of the movement (I will blog about that later). This post is about folks who are bringing medicine to the masses… kudos to y’all! True reform is about getting the information AND SERVICES OUT THERE, using all techniques (in this case, music, animals, moonbounce — if Mohammed can’t go to the mountain, then guess what? Let’s move the mountain!). These community events are a wonderful platform to engage patients and find fellow patient advocates. If we are serious about health reform and engaging the patient, then we need to move out of the conference rooms and into these athletic centers that sit in the middle of, what one might consider to be, an unsavory part of town. I don’t know about you, but I’m scouring the net trying to find out about the next community health event so I can have a booth and let folks know about this thing called participatory medicine. Let’s get to it.
El Planeta's Community Health Event
This ladies and gentlemen is clown that was smack dab in the middle of tremont and columbus handing out balloons and bring attention to event, luring folks into the center. What made this event unique? Pictures speak louder than words:

There are a number of links that I was informed about during this community event, here they are:

if you move your mouse over the last picture with the one man and one woman, it says “one tough job!” This is a website offers online parenting tips, info and connect moms and dads with real-life parenting resources in the community. If you know someone who needs help with keeping children engage, let them know about this link.

Whittier Street Health Center is a place that provides high quality, reliable and accessible primary health care and support services for diverse populations to promote wellness and eliminate health and social disparities. I spoke with Jesus Geliga, who is the director of HIV services, and he informed me that many of their services are free.

Sharewood: A free healthcare organization also provides free medical care.

If you are in boston and want a flu shot, check out: Boston Public Health Commission

The alzheimer’s association provided a really great info packet about the relationship between diabetes type 2 and alzheimer (my grandmother suffered from this- this is a link to their spanish website).

The Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Hospital had some great women at their booth. The one in the middle, her name is Lucero Dininni, is a powerhouse of a woman – she told me that “you don’t have to be a doctor to know that your community is sick and you don’t have to be a doctor to help them heal”. YOU GO, MS. DININNI!


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