"It was an incredible feeling," said Liliana Quintero, executive director of the Hispanic Latino Health Coalition of Elkhart County and organizer of the event.
"We were thankful to have served, including children, more than 1,400 community members," she
stood in the cafeteria, she
declared the day a "Day of Health" in Elkhart County. She
is beginning discussions with Mayor David Miller and will continue discussions with the incoming mayor to declare the second Saturday in every September the "Day of Health." Quintero
said that with how busy people's lives are, "It felt good that more than 1,400 people took a day out of the year to consider what is so important (health.)"
This is the third annual HLHCEC health fair organized by Quintero
said that she
is very grateful to the Elkhart County Community Foundation
for making this event possible.She
said that without the foundation, "It would have been much more difficult to pull this off, as it was costly to organize and the budget was just not there."Quintero
hopes that a foundation or corporation will step forward and fund next year's health fair.
"It is such a great cause, in terms of awareness and early detection," she
expressed a gratitude for the support from EGH
"They are truly serving the community and deserve recognition for it," she
In addition, Quintero
will complete a statistical analysis of the screening results, using them as a way to generate support for next year's event.
In addition to the above mentioned survey an anonymous evaluation form was developed as a way to "continuously improve."
More than 95 percent of the attendees rated the health fair as excellent."Although things were by no means perfectly executed, we were grateful that a vast majority of the attendees were happy with what they received and how they were treated during the event," Quintero
Despite the fact that this health fair was tailored to the Hispanic community with more than 100 Hispanic speaking volunteers and translators, it was and will always be open to the entire community, Quintero