Old-school Cumbia music filled the air at Richman Park Saturday as Fullerton adults and children alike participated in the third annual Community Health Fair.
The event, hosted by Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Healthy Neighborhoods and organized by the students in a Health Science 410 course, brought health and educational services to a community that lacks resources.
“Instead of having the community go out and reach for the resources, we’re bringing the resources to them,” said CSUF lecturer and Health Science 410 instructor Alejandro Espinoza.
The park was full of booths from local health and community organizations with information disseminated in both Spanish and English.
“The first year, we had 10 organizations, now we have 30. It’s definitely grown,” Espinoza said.
St. Jude’s Neighborhood Health Program educated the community about its medical and mental health services that provide care for uninsured and undocumented residents.
Other CSUF departments were involved in the event as well. Students from the Department of Visual Arts organized Halloween-themed arts and crafts for the children attending.
The School of Nursing helped local residents calculate their body mass index and provided information for families on healthy eating and exercising.
The Fullerton Police Department also participated to promote its Police Explorers program for young adults.
Explorers Katherine Lopez and Sarena Barrios aspire to be Fullerton police officers attended to encourage others to join the program.
“It’s a great program to learn what officers do,” Lopez said. “They have tough jobs so you really get an appreciation for them.”
The Center for Healthy Neighborhoods is located at Richman Park and provides services like English classes and tutoring for students in elementary through high school.
The center also collected information via questionnaires to learn how they can provide better services for the community.
“We noticed there were a lot of health disparities in this zip code 92832,” said Amy Santos, Center for Healthy Neighborhoods research assistant. “A lot of people come here and see it as their own place, and that’s the purpose of why we’re here. We want Latino families and anyone else to know that there is a space here for them.”