Multicultural Health Fair, April 2

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Carolina Vano Johnson and Maria Mendoza from VIDA in Milford, March 2015. Photo by Lauren Watras.
Carolina Vano Johnson and Maria Mendoza from VIDA in Milford, March 2015. Photo by Lauren Watras.

Staff Report

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC), with support from Discover Bank, the Laffey-McHugh Foundation, Bayhealth Education Department and Cancer Center, Highmark Delaware, the Multicultural Church and Community Center and the Milford Lions Club, has announced that the next ¡VIDA!™ Multicultural Breast Screening and Health Fair will take place at the Multicultural Church and Community Center in Milford on Saturday, April 2 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. The program will be free and offer health screenings, information about healthy living, community programs, free giveaways and additional resources to the public.

¡VIDA!™ is a multicultural event focused on breast cancer screening, treatment and survivorship. It began in 2011 as a bilingual, Spanish and English, educational event that has grown to include all backgrounds and ethnicities and offers programs to women, men and children. The Milford forum will
feature clinical breast exams on-site from a Bayhealth Nurse Practitioner, eye screenings provided by MyEyeDr Havre de Grace and additional health screenings. For an appointment for a mammogram on the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van, individuals are asked to call 1-888-672-9647. Food and snacks will be provided, along with free clothing giveaways and families are welcome.

“DBCC has been working with Pastor Richie Portalatin of the Multicultural Church for months to plan our Milford ¡VIDA!™. The Pastor has lent so much time and support to ensuring the program will be a success, offering healthy living information and lifesaving screenings to families in need in the Kent and Sussex Community,” said Cheryl Doucette, Outreach and Education Program Manager for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition in Kent County. “We will have bi-lingual volunteers on site to help us with Spanish and Creole translation for attendees.”

The Multicultural Church and Community Center is located at 105 Northeast Front Street in Milford. The State of Delaware’s Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS) Van will be on-site to provide screening mammograms, with a prescription from a doctor. Additional ¡VIDA!™ forums will be held on April 23 in Seaford and October 1 2016. For additional information, individuals can contact Cheryl Doucette at 302-423-1119.