Thursday, June 22, 2006

Hispanic health event reaches 150, more events planned

The Nashville Latino Health Coalition issued this press release on the success of its recent community health event:

A free bilingual community event called “Health Services within Reach - Servicios de Salud a su Alcance,” organized by the Nashville Latino Health Coalition (NLHC) and the Hispanic Community Group of Tennessee (HCGT), was held on Saturday, June 10th, at Antioch United Methodist Church. Around 150 people attended the event, including members of the Hispanic community and representatives of health-related organizations.

More than 40 exhibitor tables provided information on available services and other resources, such as the Metropolitan Public Health Department, the Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville General Hospital, various healthcare clinics, non-profit organizations, universities, and others.

Following a presentation about the coalition and a participatory discussion session, the attendees also enjoyed Mexican food from local taco stand vendors, a Mexican folkloric dance presentation, and a drawing for door prizes.

The event achieved two purposes: (1) Information exchange – for Latino community members to share their needs and concerns with agency representatives; and for agency representatives to provide information and answer questions about available services; (2) Coalition building – to invite Latino community members to participate in the coalition in a collaborative way.

NLHC and HCGT plan to follow up on this event with community meetings and collaborative projects that will include direct participation of Latino community members in decision-making and planning.

NLHC has around 30 member organizations, including HCGT (a grassroots organization), which encourages members of the Latino community to be part of this coalition.

Focus: Health

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