Today, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) hosted a health fair at Houston's Chinese Community Center to provide the residents of the Ninth Congressional District of Texas an opportunity to undergo a variety of clinical screenings and to consult with medical professionals about their health concerns. Doctors and nurses from the Harris County Hospital District performed tests to measure glucose and cholesterol levels, as well as to diagnose diabetes and check blood pressure.
"My goal is to help as many residents of my district as possible, especially those who are not enrolled in a health insurance program. All the tests we are providing are very useful because the illnesses they are designed to identify can be more effectively treated if they are detected at an early stage," said Congressman Al Green.
During the health fair ---which provided medical attention to persons of all ages, from small children to seniors--- representatives of the Harris County Hospital District also administered vaccinations and immunizations.
Additionally, the persons who attended the health fair underwent dental screenings and received information about other government-sponsored health programs, such as Medicare; Medicaid; Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); and the Women, Infants and Children program, commonly known as WIC, which provides supplemental foods and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, as well as non-breastfeeding postpartum women. WIC also offers assistance to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
"I began organizing health fairs in my first term as a Member of Congress because I was aware of how much we needed access to affordable health care services. By hosting these health fairs, I am able to provide my constituents exposure to potential lifesaving information from health professionals who make themselves available to the community free of charge. They cannot only learn more about their conditions, they can also get specific instructions on how to monitor their symptoms and seek further care," the Congressman concluded.