More than 200 turned out for free screenings and healthcare information.
On Saturday May 18 healthcare and senior care professionals from across New York City took advantage of the beautiful spring day to educate and provide a plethora of services to residents in Southeast Queens at the Big Apple Health News and Events LLC. first Health and Wellness Fair and Expo.
The event by was held in the community room at the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning (JCAL), a beautiful historic building that was once home to the Queens Register of Titles and Deeds. More than 200 attendees including families and seniors received a lot of giveaway, free health screenings, information and advice on chronic disease prevention, and insurance plans while seniors obtained a better understanding of Medicaid and Medicare, open enrollment periods, and home health aide services. Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults (JSPOA) explained to seniors and their caregivers how to access SNAP and transportation as well as other programs they offer.
Shanie Persaud-Adeen, the CEO of Big Apple Health News and Events LLC. said that she was extremely happy with the turn out, as well as with the professionals of the health care companies who saw the value to the community and participated. “This was our first health fair and I am thrilled at the turnout. It was a huge success and stayed true to our company’s slogan of promoting healthier communities through purposeful events.” Persaud-Adeen, the former associate publisher of the Queens Tribune newspaper, said that there continues to be a disparity in health care. According to Persaud-Adeen, “We are living in one of the greatest countries in the world. There shouldn’t be disparity, but there is, and so anytime that we can provide a platform where residents can gain access to health care and speak one on one and in comfort with health care professionals, we should do so.”
Kids were not left out at the event. The free face painting table saw more than forty (40) kids who all received the designs of their choice. Gift certificates to several places including Applebee’s and Skin Esteem were raffled off to happy attendees.
Among the companies who participated at the Health and Wellness fair were Health First, Fidelis Care, Village Care Max, Zwanger-Pisiri Radiology, Jzanus Home Health Care, Inc., Agewell NY, WellCare, Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, NY State of Health, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, the Institute for Family Health and the Italian-American Cancer Foundation.
Big Apple Health News and Events LLC. will continue its outreach in health and senior care to other communities across New York City and encouraged health care professionals and companies with interest in providing services, screenings and promoting their services to contact them.