1,000 receive free services at Health and Safety Expo

Commissioner Joe A. Martinez teams up with Healthy Matthew to teach kids about dental hygiene at the eighth annual Health and Safety Expo.

South Florida residents and families lined up outside of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center to take advantage of a wealth of health services offered by Miami-Dade Commission chair Joe A. Martinez during his eighth annual Health and Safety Expo.

Some 1,000 people attended the June 23 event, undergoing free health checkups for glucose, high blood pressure, HIV, cholesterol, and much more. Children received free immunizations with a parent or legal guardian’s permission and vaccination records, and Jackson Heath System provided over 30 free mammogram tests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Among other services offered, residents were able to apply for a driver’s license or ID card, and vehicle tag renewals with the assistance of representatives from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Attendees also brought their old shower- heads to exchange them for a new high efficiency model from Miami-Dade’s Water and Sewer Department.

In addition, the Miami-Dade Blue medical insurance program offered comprehensive medical insurance at affordable monthly rates to Miami-Dade County residents who are struggling with the high cost of insurance and do not qualify for govern- ment health programs. Those with low-to- moderate incomes spoke with representatives to see if they qualified for the Miami- Dade Health Insurance Assistance pro- gram, a program designed to complement Miami-Dade Blue by covering a portion of the monthly insurance premiums.

“For eight years, this event has helped thousands of residents seek preventative health services and medical information that may have been financially out of reach,” Martinez said. “The goal of the Health and Safety Expo has always been to put residents in touch with medical professionals so they understand the importance of putting their health first. Thanks to the help of many sponsors, we’re able to not only offer healthcare, but also provide an avenue for locals to register for medical insurance so they can continue to visit doctors.”

The eighth annual Health and Safety Expo was made possible through the sponsorships of Kendall Regional Medical Center, AvMed Health Plans, FPL, Univision, FUEL, Baptist Health South Florida, Borinquen Health Care Clinic, Miami-Dade County Health Department, and various Miami-Dade County departments.

For information on the health fair, contact Martinez’s office at 305-552-1155.

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