Local 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 and his seventh annual Health and Safety Expo.
Some 1,000 people attended the June 25 event, undergoing free health checkups for glucose, high blood pressure, HIV, hemoglobin, 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 20 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 showerheads 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, a three-year pilot program, offered comprehensive medical insurance at affordable monthly rates to Miami-Dade residents who are struggling with the high cost of insurance and do not qualify for government health programs. Those with low-to moderate-incomes spoke with representatives to see if they qualified for the Miami-Dade Health Insurance Assistance program, a program designed to complement Miami-Dade Blue by covering a portion of the monthly insurance premiums.
“It was nice to see families coming out, despite the weather, to take advantage of all the health services the fair had to offer,” Commissioner Martinez said. “Thanks to our sponsors, residents who wouldn’t normally be able to afford preventative health services could receive information from medical professionals on how to improve their health, as well as resources on how they might be able to receive health coverage within their means.”
The seventh annual Health and Safety Expo was made possible through the sponsorships of Kendall Regional Medical Center, AvMed Health Plans, FPL, Clear Channel, Florida Department of Health, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Baptist Health South Florida, Borinquen Health Care Clinic, Univision Radio, Community Health of South Florida and Miami-Dade County.
For more information on the health fair, contact Martinez’s office at 305-552-1155.