Source: CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare

CHRISTUS St. Mary’s and CHRISTUS Point of Light clinics held two free, family-oriented Back-To-School Summer Bash and Health Fairs in July and August. These events provided close to 1,000 students with backpacks and school supplies, immunizations, and sports physicals in an attempt to get low-income families in the community ready for the upcoming school year. Various vendors, such as UT Dental and EyeCare for Kids, also attended the event offering children programs and games on nutrition, dental care, behavioral health, and provided vision screenings and a voucher for a free pair of glasses. The Houston Food Bank and City of Houston Parks and Recreation brought 200 healthy lunches for the children in attendance. Attendees also enjoyed a presentation and tips on healthy eating and nutrition by CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Nutrition Health Educator, Teresa Rivera.

“We identified the need and came together to fi ll a void in health care services for the most vulnerable in the community,” said Nancy Bocanegra, Event Coordinator of the Back-to-School Summer Bash. ” Providing families with the essential health care services for a healthy head start to a new school year at no cost to them is a blessing. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors. Thank you!” Due to high demand, CHRISTUS Point of Light Clinic hosted a second round of children’s immunizations and sports physicals on Wednesday, August 30th. The CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic was on-site providing FREE immunizations for children up to 18 years of age for the first 50 attendees and sports physicals for five dollars. These events are a response to the critical need for affordable, high-quality health care in many greater Houston communities.

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