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Feria latina de la salud

feria latina

Mayor of Madison Paul Soglin poses with the members of the Latino Health Council after officially declaring October 17th as the Day of Latino Health in Madison.

On a brisk fall Saturday in mid-October, the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation had the pleasure of attending the 2014 Latino Health Fair, which was held at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison, WI.

Here at the Foundation, we have the wonderful opportunity to reach out to women from all over the state and from all different backgrounds. We are committed to connecting with those who do not have appropriate access to health care and are vigilant in supporting other organizations with this same mission.

The Latino Health Council has been around since 1996. Originally, the Council was a part of another group called the Cultural Diversity Committee, which sought to target the needs of poorly attended people groups, looking specifically at cancer services. A year later, a group was formed with a focus on Latino health and thus begun the history of the Latino Health Council. Their mission has naturally broadened over the years to cover a wide range of health issues including cancer, and host of other issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health, nutrition, etc.

La feria latina de salud or the Latino Health Fair was a testament to their mission: throughout the day people were able to stop by

Young talent from La Follette High School serenades the lunch crowd.

Young talent from La Follette High School serenades the lunch crowd.

and receive free health check-ups for diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI, and skin. That’s not to mention enjoying the free lunch while being serenaded by the wonderful young talent from La Follette High School’s very own Mariachi band! Though the band consisted of about half Latinos and half Caucasians, in the words of Patricia Tellez-Giron-Salazar (the chair of the Council), they all had the the heart of a Latino.

We are grateful to them for their work within the community of Madison and are proud to call ourselves a partner in supporting Latino health.

For more information on what they do and the projects they are currently working on, pleaseĀ visit their website.

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