Santa Maria Health Fair a win-win for Price Hill community  |  Jennifer Scroggins

The Santa Maria Community Services Spring Health Fair provided free medical screenings and resources to 88 clients Saturday, in addition to offering valuable information and raising awareness about potential health problems to under-served members of the Greater Price Hill community.

“This year's health fair provided many opportunities for individuals to receive free health screenings on one day, under one roof, that they otherwise may not have the opportunity to receive,” says Donna Glankler, assistant professor of nursing at the College of Mount St. Joseph. “We were also able to offer one-on-one health education sessions that provided an opportunity to correct misconceptions about health issues.”

More than 30 children participated in the Kids’ Health Zone, while adults gained access to testing such as mammography and screenings for cholesterol, glucose, body mass index, HIV, hepatitis C and blood pressure. 

“The Health Fair is a win-win for everyone,” says Glankler, who helped organize the event with Santa Maria Wellness Program Director Laura Brinson. “Providers had the opportunity to bring their services to the community, where attendees had the opportunity to choose from a menu of screenings important to them.”

Santa Maria conducts periodic free health fairs as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to health and wellness.

“Awareness of health risk and access to testing and treatment help people achieve better health,” says SMCS’ Brinson. “Healthier individuals create healthier communities, and building a stronger community is at the heart of Santa Maria’s mission.”

Santa Maria Community Services provides Greater Price Hill with educational tools and resources to build strong families, promote healthy residents and foster neighborhood revitalization. For 116 years, Santa Maria has helped families help themselves. For more information about Santa Maria Community Services, visit its website: