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Wellness fair extends hand to the underserved


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Sacramento State graduate student Chao Vang is determined to make the upcoming Community Health and Wellness Fair a success.

“I believe in connecting with the community,” says Vang, the event chairman. “And we have worked for months … to organize a fair that is open to students and families.”

Community Health and Wellness Fair

The Hmong Health Alliance (HHA) is sponsoring the fair, which will run 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the University Union, Redwood Room. Attendees may park free in Parking Structure II.

Vang, who will complete his master’s degree this spring and pursue a doctorate in education leadership starting in the fall, takes seriously Sacramento State’s commitment to expand the University’s regional imprint.

Founded in 2011 by a group of Hmong students, HHA is committed to giving back to the community. Believing that prevention is the best medicine, the organization’s mission is proactive awareness and health education among the Hmong community. HHA actively engages the community and provides free blood pressure checks for hypertension as well as free blood glucose checks for diabetes. Since many Hmong community elders have limited English skills, it’s imperative to communicate to them the dangers of hypertension, diabetes and hepatitis B.

HHA has screened more than 700 people since it was organized two years ago, and the Community Health and Wellness Fair should extend the group’s reach.

Other student groups also are involved with the fair. Franny Subang, president of the Student Association of Laboratory Scientists (SALS) and vice president of Delta Epsilon Mu, Nu Chapter, is looking to raise awareness of the importance of blood matching for compatibility from donor to recipient. SALS is hosting a hematologist from BloodSource who will provide information and field questions.

And the Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education (CHM) will have a booth featuring a Spanish-speaking doctor to answer questions.

VSP Vision Care optometrists will provide vision services on board a 45-foot, state-of-the-art mobile clinic. Gift certificates, redeemable for free eye exams and glasses, also will be available to those who can’t be seen at the event. The vision services and gift certificates can be used by individuals who do not have vision insurance, including no Medicaid or Medicare coverage, and qualify under certain income criteria.

Vang is grateful for the many sponsors and public officials who have generously supported the Community Health and Wellness fair. “We are determined to make a difference,” he says.

For more information about the fair, contact For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-2776.

– Alan Miller