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April 30, 2019

Migrant Health Festival Successful

The 5th annual Festival de la Primavera served 81 patients during the event on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

The event helped patients get access to free medical and dental services. It was hosted by Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems in partnership with Emory & Henry College’s Appalachian Center for Civic Life and is geared toward the Hispanic and Latino population within the area and to unite the community.

This year, alone, there were 21 labs performed, nearly 50 dental assessments performed, and three behavioral health assessments were made.

This year’s numbers were up from the previous two years. 2017’s event only saw 25 patients, while 2018’s event grew to 58 patients.
Alongside medical and dental exams, the festival also has music, dance, games and activities for children, light refreshments, raffles and prizes, and information regarding local community resources.

Sarah Agron, Migrant Health Coordinator, said “Those of us from the Migrant Health Network and the E&H planning committee were very pleased with the turnout this year. It was definitely one of our best events – despite the weather – and we look forward to reaching even more people next year.”