Catholic Charities To Host Free Community Health Fairs
Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Communications

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is hosting three community health fairs in different locations across the Chicago area during June and August 2017. The health fairs offer free medical screenings and physical exams for adults and children. There will also be free back-to-school physicals for children.

“I received a cholesterol screening at one of the health fairs by a volunteer nurse and was advised that I was in danger of suffering a stroke,” said Teresa, a health fair client since 2008. She received a referral list of affordable local clinics and was asked to do an immediate follow-up with a doctor. “The fairs are great for people without medical insurance. I even decided to become a volunteer to help others find their diagnoses early,” she added.


“The focus of our health fairs is to provide basic medical services for all people who attend the health fair and connect them to local clinics for continuing preventative health care,” said Kate Mulvaney, Director of Health Initiatives at Catholic Charities. “Through our health fairs we collaborate with parishes, schools, and centers with high community involvement and hope to serve the uninsured and underinsured in these communities, connecting them to medical homes.”

Registration for all participants runs from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at each location. All health fairs run from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no co-payment and identification is not required to receive services.

·         Saturday, June 10 – Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1150 N. River Rd, Des Plaines

·         Saturday, August 12 – St. Gall Parish, 5500 S. Kedzie Ave, Chicago

·         Saturday, August 19 – St. Francis of Rome School, 1401 S. Austin Blvd, Cicero

Catholic Charities Health Fairs have served to more than 4,500 people in the last five years. All of the screenings are done by medical professional volunteers, many of whom are bilingual. For more information, call (312) 655-7441.

Services at the Health Fair may include:

·         Physical exams for children and adults

·         Children’s immunizations (Bring your shot records for EACH child)

·         Glaucoma screenings

·         Bone density screening

·         Memory screening

·         Adult screenings: blood pressure,

·         Glucose testing (MUST fast after midnight until tested)

·         Dental exams

·         Skin cancer screening

·         Pregnancy testing

·         Confidential HIV rapid testing and information

·         Connection to on-going care

·         ALL KIDS application assistance

·         Referrals to free and reduced fee medical and social service providers

Information is also available about the following topics and more:

·         Benefit screening for public benefits eligibility (Food stamps, TANF, etc.)

·         Substance abuse

·         Domestic violence

·         Maternity and adoption services

·         Legal services

·         Youth services

·         Specialized care for children

·         Immigration/family reunification

·         Local clinics will enroll people without insurance

·         Health education workshops

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