On Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, the 9th Annual Health Summit was held at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena, CA. The event provided FREE tests and screenings along with information on diseases that impact our community and resources that are available to our community.
The goal of the Annual Health Summit is to provide Medical Services and information each year while making sure our community knows where to go the other 364 days of the year to gain access to information and services that are needed to survive daily life. The event takes a holistic look at what does being healthy mean? Physically? Mentally? Nutritionally? Financially? Since all of these elements impact health, this event provides information for the whole family to help you in each of these areas.
Overview of 10th Annual Health Summit
The 10th Annual Health Summit celebrated serving over 3800 people through the years by continuing to provide free tests, screenings and information to all that attended. This year’s event was smaller, but continued to serve the community as detailed in the following report.
Our guest speaker was Whitney Harrison from Young & Healthy who spoke on “The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid & the Impact on K-12.” With Congress on-going looking to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we felt that it was important to put a focus on ACA and personalize the presentation to California. According to Politifact, the ACA has helped decrease the number of uninsured from 41.3 million down to 28 million within the US. California has implemented the Medicaid Expansion program and is leading the country in implementation of ACA through Covered California. At this point it is estimated that 26% of our CA citizens benefit from Medicaid, 9% are taking advantage of the Marketplace Exchange through ACA and only 8% of our population continues to be uninsured. Whitney did an awesome job delivering a message that educated the audience and highlighted the negative impact if ACA were repealed.
This year’s event included a Shoe Giveaway. We had 51 pairs of shoes on-hand and we had 36 children that took home a pair of free tennis shoes. The remaining shoes will be donated to Shoes That Fit during Asm. Chris Holden’s Annual Holiday celebration.
Asm Chris Holden and Senator Anthony Portantino stopped by to say a few words and highlighted the why this event has been important to the community over the last 10 years. Senator Anthony Portantino acknowledged that this event has supported the healthcare needs of the most vulnerable members of our community. The free testing, screenings and information have ensured good health for members of our community and made it possible for them to pursue their dreams and aspirations.
As attendance at this event has continued to decrease, a decision is being made to not continue the event in its current format. We are planning to take 2018 off, assess the market, observe legislation and determine the best way to continue to support the most vulnerable in our community to make sure they continue to receive needed healthcare tests, screenings and information.
Thank you for your on-going support through the years. As we determine the best way to continue to serve the health needs of our underserved, underinsured population, we will reach out so you can join us and continue this journey. In the meantime, the results from this year’s event are below.
|Services & Qty Provided at HS ‘17||Services & Qty Provided at HS ‘17||Information & Activities Provided ‘17|
|32 Glucose (Diabetes) Screenings||8 Pulmonary Testing||Wellness Corner (Emotional Health)
|14 Dental Screenings||12 HIV Tests||Community Resources|
|54 Blood Pressure Checks||45 Self Breast Exam Lessons||Kidz Zone – Information and Games|
|14 Flu Shots||36 Shoes Given Away||Financial Health Information|