Nearly 1,000 People Receive Help At Anaheim’s Health & Citizenship Fair
By: Lou Ponsi
Date: September 24, 2019
“At the Anaheim Convention Center over the weekend, visitors could have had a tooth pulled, gotten a head-to-toe physical, acquired a new pair of prescription glasses and received legal advice on becoming a United States citizen … all without leaving the building or spending a penny.
Dozens of healthcare professionals and legal experts volunteered their services at the 13th annual Health & Citizenship Fair, which provided health services to about 700 attendees and legal help to about 200 at the citizenship clinic, said Lauren Gold, spokeswoman for the city of Anaheim, one of hosts of the fair.
The event, believed to be the largest of its kind in Orange County, provided free health services in a variety of specialties, including dental, vision and hearing screenings and treatments, mammograms, bone density assessments, blood testing, electrocardiograms and mental health.
“If you believe the Dalai Lama, the purpose in life is to be happy and bring happiness to others,” said Dr. Nitin Shah, one of the founders of the health fair. “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, go help someone else.”
Shah, an anesthesiologist, ICU physician and professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, said he’s been doing missionary work in medicine around the world since 1992. While hosting a health fair in Artesia in 2007, Shah was approached by then Anaheim councilman Harry Sidhu, now the mayor of Anaheim, about bringing a health fair to Anaheim.
…“I think it’s incredibly important that we ensure that people who are eligible to become citizens of the United States receive the assistance that they need to go through the process,” said Elizabeth Schroeder, UCI’s assistant dean for student services.
…Some 700 people received health-related services at this weekend’s health fair. Here is some of the breakdown on how many received various services offered:
Blood tests: More than 600
Eye exams: More than 500
Free glasses distributed: 410
Flu shots: 203
Dental procedures: 202
EKG tests: 65