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Binational Health Week, Coming Together for a Cause

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The mission of the Binational Health Week (BHW) is reflective of the strong partnership of those involved: "Walk Happily for Better Health" or "Camina alegre por tu salud". Mexico and its consulates have worked extensively via American organizations to reach out to the underserved Latino population living in the United States. With 40 U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces participating, BHW is one of the largest mobilization efforts of federal and state government agencies, community-based organizations and volunteers in the Americas to improve the health and well-being of this population. According to the official website, 3,973 activities were held benefitting 734,657 people during BHW 2010. Activities include health education workshops, vaccinations and medical screenings—all free of charge.

health monitor This year, Binational Health events will take place around the world from Oct. 1–16. In Omaha, the South Omaha Campus of MCC will serve as the site for the Binational Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Other events during the week include Women's Day at One World Community Health Center on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 6–9 p.m. Women's Day will include free breast cancer screenings and free STD/HIV testing.

The fair is open to the public and will include services such as flu vaccinations and checks for immunization records, as well as screenings for vision, dental, hearing, HIV/AIDS, STDs, cholesterol, blood glucose, height, weight and body mass index (BMI). Several educational sessions will be provided as well where participants can take away information, which will help them lead a healthy life.

nursing students More than 300 volunteers from MCC's nursing and health careers programs as well as student and community volunteers from different organizations have come together to assist fair attendees in making their way from station to station, where they will receive quality health screens and educational materials. Interpreters will also be available to ensure people receive the information they need to complete forms, ask questions and understand the results.

Tremendous collaboration from area partnerships has been essential for providing these services to the people of Omaha. There are more than 30 community agencies from the surrounding region that have graciously volunteered their time, money and resources to make this event possible.

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