In Lennox, a city south of Los Angeles International Airport, nearly a third of the residents live below the poverty level. There is a shortage of basic health services, including preventative services, for this predominately Spanish-speaking population.
But the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Lennox School District set out to change that with the bi-annual Lennox Health Fair.
The Health Fair is organized by six coordinators from the Latino Medical Student Association, which is a part of the UCLA/Charles R. Drew University Chapter. The fair is held twice a year in the fall and spring at one of the six schools in the district.
The volunteers, who include physicians, students and community workers, range from first year medical students to fourth year medical students. First and second year medical students serve as chaperones. They help patients with intake forms and take vital readings. Third and fourth year medical students work with physicians and are given the tasks of interviewing and consulting with patients.
Health services include:
About 200 patients are seen at each event.
To learn more, please visit: https://lmsa.dgsom.ucla.edu