Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bilingual event for children's health April 23

Free Health Screenings and More at Whitsitt Elementary School

From Catholic Charities of Tennessee:
Nashville families with young children are invited to “Building Futures for All Children / Construyendo un Futuro Mejor Para Nuestros Niños” on Thursday, April 23, a festival at Whitsitt Elementary School sponsored jointly by Nashville non-profit and government agencies. The event, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., will feature free health screenings, information booths on children’s development and health, the opportunity to register to vote and apply for a library card, and games and activities for children and their families.

“We specifically have planned to welcome Hispanic families,” said Eileen Beehan, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, one of the sponsoring agencies. “The event will be well staffed by Spanish-speaking healthcare providers, social workers and others. All the materials to be distributed will be available in Spanish.”

Complete physicals and dental screenings for children will be offered on April 23. If needed and requested, referrals will be made to community resources for additional screenings and testing. The April 23 “Building Futures for All Children / Construyendo un Futuro Mejor Para Nuestros Niños” festival is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Tennessee, TENNder Care, Metro Public Health Department, Whitsitt Elementary School, Baptist Hospital, Meharry Medical College, and AmeriChoice.

“Building Futures for All Children / Construyendo un Futuro Mejor Para Nuestros Niños” will be held during the Week of the Young Child, a national observance. The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are the responsibility of the community and adults, and to ensure that each and every child experiences the type of early environment--at home, at child care, at school, and in the community--that will promote their early learning and well-being.

Whitsitt Elementary School is located at 110 Whitsett Road in the Woodbine community. For additional information, contact Hispanic Family Services at 615-445-8310, ext. 222
Photo of Dr. Viviana Lavin by Susan Adcock for the Hispanic Nashville Notebook.

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