MetroHealth hosts Mi Comunidad Family Day
By Arooj Ashraf, La Prensa Correspondent
Mi MetroHealth, Mi Comunidad Family Day was held at the hospital’s pavilion on Saturday, July 28, 2012 and attracted more than a 700 people, including children. “The purpose of the event was to increase community outreach,” said Luz Y. Oyola, Community Health Outreach Manager at MetroHealth Medical Center.
Along with free mammograms and breast exams for women over 35 years of age without health insurance through the AMIGA Breast Cancer program, the hospital offered free pap smears, free testing for glucose and body mass index; also, dental screenings for underinsured and uninsured patients. Oyola said the participants were registered for follow-ups to continue their health monitoring after the event.
Thirty-five corporations and community organizations participated in the event to support health in the Cleveland community. The Pavilion was set up for face paintings, live music, Zumba demonstrations, and performances by the Julia DeBurgos Cultural Center’s dance teams.
Along with a bouncing house, children partook in many fun activities that taught them safety and fitness values. Strapped to a resistance belt many tested their strengths as they ran towards a cone. Others learned how to dial 911 in case of an emergency and to differentiate between common household products that can become deadly when confused for other products.
Children activities also included a coloring contest and free child I.D. and fingerprinting.
No event is complete without delicious and nutritious food and MetroHealth’s Chef Pete provided visitors with Puerto Rican style chicken rice and beans. María Galindo-DaSilva, Patient Support and Language Access Specialist at MetroHealth, said the hospital takes pride in practicing its message of healthy living style and has provided its staff and patients with fresh and healthy meal options.
Dentists Noora Khadeir and Waleed Elmallah taught the basics of dental hygiene in the dental screenings mobile unit. Both stressed the important of brushing twice a day and flossing after meals to prevent cavities. Dr. Elmallah said cavities were the most common found through such screenings and can be detected and prevented early if patients seek dental care at least once a year.
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Dr. Waleed Elmallah, inspecting assistant Angela Newell’s smile along as Dr. Noora Khadeir looks on in the Metrohealth dental mobile
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Metrohealth staff serving meals
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Selecting a face painting is delicate decision
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Children lined up for vibrant face paintings
Enjoying a healthy meal